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Relatives suspect murder, but police say they have found no evidence that the death of Pawana, the famous actress whose real name was Aranyaporn Laosaengthong, was due to foul play. 

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Police, relatives disagree over Pawana’s death

Pawana: Autopsy turns up bruises

Relatives suspect murder, but police say they have found no evidence that the death of Pawana, the famous actress whose real name was Aranyaporn Laosaengthong, was due to foul play.

Police believe the actress fell into the pool at her home and drowned, but her relatives think there are suspicious circumstances surrounding her death and are pointing to Pawana's wealth and troubled relationship history.

The 69-year-old actress was found dead in a pool at her house in Nakhon Chaisi district of Nakhon Pathom on Monday.

Pol Col Pornchai Sutheerakun, deputy chief of the Forensic Medicine Police General Institute, said an autopsy revealed water in the lungs, showing she was alive when she came into contact with the water

Pol Col Pornchai said a few minor bruises and wounds on her face, body and legs were found, but they may have been caused by her bumping into things. They were not an indication of murder, he said.

Pol Col Pornchai said Pawana might have passed out and fallen into the pool as she had suffered several illnesses recently.

Waipoj Laosaengthong, Pawana's younger brother, yesterday said he had some evidence to hand over to police investigators.

He believes she was assaulted. He said that shortly before her death he saw a bruise on her right eye.

Nakhon Pathom police chief Phetcharat Saengchai yesterday led a team of police to inspect the actress' home, located on a 16-rai plot.

Police would gather more evidence from the house, he said.

A source said the former actress had at least 20 cars and many land plots in Bangkok and other provinces. Her assets are estimated at several billions of baht.

Police questioned Pawana's partner, 57-year-old Natthapong Luangsirikul.

Mr Natthapong reported finding the actress's body.

Mr Natthapong yesterday said he had lived with Pawana for over 10 years and there were no reasons for him to assault his wife.

Adapted from a story in today’s Bangkok Post

relative – a member of your family ญาติพี่น้อง
suspect – to believe that something is true, especially something bad เป็นที่สงสัยว่า
murder – the crime of intentionally killing a person ฆาตกรรม
evidence – facts statements or objects that help to prove whether or not someone has committed a crime หลักฐาน
due to – because of เนื่องจาก
foul play – violence or criminal action that causes someone’s death  อาชญากรรม
drown – to sink under water and die จมน้ำ
suspicious – making you believe that something is wrong, dangerous or illegal น่าสงสัย
circumstances – facts or conditions that affect a situation เหตุการณ์แวดล้อม
wealth – a large amount of money, property, etc. that a person or country owns ความมั่งคั่ง
relationship – a sexual or romantic connection between two people   ความสัมพันธ์
deputy – a person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation รอง
forensic – relating to the use of scientific methods to solve  crimes or to find out why something happened เกี่ยวกับนิติวิทยาศาสตร์
autopsy – a medical examination of a dead person’s body to find out why they died การชันสูตรศพ
reveal – to show; to let something become known  เผยให้เห็น
lungs – the organs in your chest that fill with air when you breathe ปอด
contact – to touch สัมผัส
minor – not important; small; having little influence or effect เล็กน้อย
bruise – a mark that you get on your body if you are hit or if you knock against something  แผลฟกช้ำ, รอยฟกช้ำ
wound – an injury in which your skin or flesh is damaged บาดแผล
bump – to hit somebody/something by accident ชน, กระแทก
indication – a sign that something happened, is true or exists  เครื่องบ่งชี้
pass out – to become unconscious  หมดสติ
investigator – someone whose job is to officially find out the facts about something – ผู้สอบสวน,  ผู้สำรวจ, ผู้ตรวจสอบ
assault – to attack someone violently  ทำร้ายร่างกาย
inspect – to look at something carefully ตรวจสอบ
gather – to search for and find things that you need or want รวบรวม
source – someone who gives information แหล่งข่าว
plot – a piece of land used for a particular purpose ที่ดินแปลงเล็ก
assets – things owned by a person, company etc., particularly money and property ทรัพย์สิน
estimated – thought to be a particular amount, size, etc. based on a guess or the best information available ประมาณการ
partner – the person that you are married to or having a relationship with คู่สมรส,  คู่สามีหรือภรรยา

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