Monk dies of heat in public van
An 83-year-old Buddhist monk was found dead in a public van in Prachin Buri on Thursday and doctors said extreme summer heat was likely the cause of his death.
- Published: 28/03/2013 at 09:43 PM
- Newspaper section: breakingnews
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The dead monk, identified as Phra Jamrus Chantawangso from a monastery in Udon Thani province, was found in a passenger van belonging to Anupong Deemark, 27, at about 4pm, said Pol Lt Jirawat na Ranong, a duty officer of Muang Prachin Buri station.
The officer was told the monk was able to talk and gave a blessing to Mr Anupong shortly after he got in his van at Future Park Rangsit shopping complex and sat next to the driver's seat. He was regularly seen boarding the Prachin Buri-Mor Chit vans.
The monk later fell asleep and did not wake up when Mr Anupong tried to wake him after the van reached Prachin Buri. The driver then called a paramedic team at Chaophraya Aphaiphubet Hospital to examine the passenger.
A preliminary autopsy report concluded that acute heart failure and exposure to extreme heat associated with old age were the cause of death. The deceased did not have any underlying illnesses.
Pol Lt Jirawat assumed that the weather may have been so hot that the van’s air conditioner could not handle it.
The average temperature in the province was recorded at 37.90 degrees Celsius, according to Prachin Buri provincial meteorological office.
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