Second Australian death in Laos
- Published: 10/01/2013 at 02:55 PM
- Online news:
Two Australian friends have been found dead within days of each other in Laos after suspected drug overdoses.
Kane Scriven died in Laos after initial reports of a night of heavy drinking. His friend, Nick Parkin, who was with him was found dead four days later. Photo: Channel 9.
Reports from Australia suggest that Nick Parkin, 39, was discovered dead in his room at the Sinnakhone Hotel in Vientiane on Jan 4, after his friend Kane Scriven was found dead on Jan 1.
Earlier reports suggested that Mr Scriven, 40, died after a night of heavy drinking on New Year’s Eve but an ABC News report today said that both men died of drug overdoses, “likely from the same batch of drugs.”
The ABC report said that the deaths are not being treated as suspicious and that neither man's family has requested an autopsy or for their bodies to be returned to Australia.
ABC did not reveal its source or report which drug the men are believed to have taken.
Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has confirmed the deaths but did not comment on whether the deaths were connected.
Both men worked as boat crewmen in Darwin, Northern Australia and were on holiday in Laos.