Allen George Quicke, 57, was stabbed seven times and beaten about the head with what appeared to be a baseball bat at his home in Hua Hin, south of Bangkok. Originally from South Africa, Mr Quicke worked in Australia as well as Asia.
Thai media reported today that neighbors heard a commotion after Mr Quicke returned to his house last night with a bar girl. When the maid arrived at Mr Quicke's house this morning, she could not raise him by telephone.
His body was found inside the house. Police believe the bar girl and her boyfriend were responsible. Nothing appeared to have been stolen from the house.
In an obituary, Asia Times credited Mr Quicke today with boosting the readership of the online publication. He worked on the Natal Witness, the Rand Daily Mail, the now-defunct print version of Asia Times, and the Sydney Morning Herald.
He also enjoyed painting Australian bush scenes and became an illustrator of note in Bangkok
''Allen was a perfectionist and demanded the same from his colleagues; if there is a typo in this Allen, we know your ever-eagle eye would have spotted it,'' his obituary said.