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Sayan Deesamer (Sanya), discovered while washing cars at a petrol station, became one of Thailand's most famous "Luk Thung" stars. He died yesterday.
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Thousands of luk thung fans are paying their respects to Sayan Deesamar who died yesterday.PAWAT LAOPAISARNTAKSIN
Sayan Deesamer (1953-2013)
Sayan as he looked in 2006. SAROT MEKSOPHAWANAKUL
Famous songwriter Cholathee Tharnthong says that one day, long ago, he was at a petrol station in the Bukkhalo area of Thon Buri.
A young car washer named Sayan Deesamer was working there and Mr Cholathee heard him humming a song.
He was instantly impressed.
''The first time I heard him, I knew this kid had talent,'' the songwriter recalled.
Mr Cholathee asked him whether he wanted to be a singer and gave him the song "Police Chief's Daughter'' (See music video below). Sayan, who had long had a desire to be a luk thung singer, quickly accepted.
The song became a hit and, after a name change to Sayan Sanya, the car-washer turned luk thung singer became one of the country's biggest singing stars.
Sayan was born to a corn farming family on Jan 31, 1953 in Doembang Nangbuat district of the central province of Suphan Buri.
During his career he recorded more than 1,000 songs, about 300 of them written by Mr Cholathee.
In July, Sayan was admitted to hospital after suffering from symptoms of fatigue and having lost about 15 kilogrammes in weight in June.
Sayan, surrounded by his friends and relatives, performed a concert in Samut Prakan in July to raise funds for his treatment. PATTARAPONG CHATPATTARASILL
He was diagnosed with liver cancer and, after a two-month battle with the disease, he died yesterday.
Adapted from a story on bangkokpost.com
Here is Sayan's famous "Police Chief's Daughter'':
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admitted: (of a hospital) accepted for medical treatment - รับ, ให้เข้า, การรับเข้า, อนุญาตให้เข้า
battle: trying very hard to achieve something difficult or to deal with something unpleasant or dangerous - การต่อสู้, การดิ้นรนต่อสู้, การมุ่งมั่นฝ่าฟัน
cancer: a serious disease in which growths of cells, also called cancers, form in the body and kill normal body cells. The disease often causes death - มะเร็ง
career: a job or series of related jobs that you do, especially a profession that you spend a lot of your working life in - อาชีพ
corn: a tall plant grown for its large yellow grains that are used for making flour or eaten as a vegetable; the grains of this plant - ข้าวโพด
desire: a strong wish to have or do something - ความอยาก, ความประสงค์, ความต้องการ
diagnose: to find out what physical or mental problem someone has by examining them - วินิจฉัย,ตรวจโรค
fatigue: a feeling of being extremely tired, usually because of hard work or exercise - ความเหนื่อยล้า
funds: money needed or available to spend on something - เงินทุน
hum: to sing a tune with your lips closed - ฮัม, ฮัมเพลง, ทำเสียงต่ำๆไปเรื่อยๆ
impressed: admiring someone or something very much because of an unusually good quality or achievement - ประทับใจ
instantly: immediately - ทันที
liver: a large organ in the body that cleans the blood and produces bile - ตับ
perform: to put on a show for people, e.g., singing, playing a sport, etc - แสดง
raise (money): to collect money for something -
recall: to remember - จำได้ นึกทบทวน
relative: a member of your family - ญาติพี่น้อง
suffer (from): to be badly affected by a disease, pain, sadness, a lack of something, etc - เป็นโรค, ประสบความทุกข์
surrounded: having something,people, etc. completely around all sides - ถูกล้อมรอบ
symptom: a sign that someone has an illness - อาการ
talent: a natural ability to be good at something, especially without being taught - ความสามารถพิเศษ
treatment: the process of providing medical care - การรักษา