DJ Ko's hotel death stumps kin

DJ Ko's hotel death stumps kin

A renowned radio broadcaster, Trin "DJ Ko" Ruangkitratanakul, fell to his death from a hotel in Bangkok on Friday afternoon in what is believed to be suicide.

Trin, 36, fell into an area of a house adjacent to the hotel on Soi Sukhumvit 20 in Klong Toey district, said Pol Lt Col Kittichet Kitisarn, investigation chief at Thong Lo station. His fall was reported about 1.30pm. Police and rescue workers found the body near the kitchen door of the two-storey house. Hotel staff told police they heard a loud noise at the fence of the house adjacent to the hotel. They went to check and found the body.

Police said DJ Ko checked into the hotel alone before the fall. CCTV footage at the hotel showed him walking alone to the rooftop and nobody following him. The footage showed him entering and leaving the fire exit door five times before going to the rooftop, where he fell to his death, police said. The officers found his mobile phone, a blood-stained bathrobe, a keycard, cigarettes and a lighter. They are investigating.

His parents and his elder sister said they did not know why Trin took his own life. The family still had doubts about what drove him to make such a decision. The family is waiting for an autopsy report from the Department of Forensic Medicine of King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital. DJ Ko, of 106.5 Green Wave radio, won the Nataraja Award for best radio entertainment and music programme host.

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