Norwegian man found hanged in Udon Thani

Norwegian man found hanged in Udon Thani

A 41-year-old Norwegian man was found hanged inside a hotel room in Udon Thani’s Muang district late Wednesday night.

The body of the Norwegian national, whose name is being withheld, was found on the third floor of a hotel on Phornniyom Road in tambon Mak Kheng around 9.30pm, Pol Lt Col Withoon Srichai, a police investigator at Muang police station, said.

The man's head was covered with a white T-shirt and he was wearing only green underwear. He had apparently used a rope to hang himself from the refrigerator’s handle. There were no signs of struggle, Thai media reported on Thursday.

His Thai wife, identified only as Picha, 44, told police she worked at a laundry shop in Muang district and had been with her Norwegian husband for about one year.  He often complained of acute headaches and sought treatment several times, but his illness could not be cured, said Ms Picha.

When he developed the acute headache, he often fastened a rope or piece of cloth around his  head or neck, she said. He told her the pain eased when he did this. She had tried in vain to stop him from doing it.

She went to work on Wednesday morning as normal while her husband was still sleeping in the hotel room. When she returned from work that night, she was shocked to see her husband hang himself to death.

Pol Lt Col Withoon said the Norwegian had been staying in the hotel with Ms Picha for about 3 months.  Doctors said the man had died at least 5 hours before his death was reported.

Authorities believed stress caused by illness might have driven him to take his own life. They were in touch with the Norwegian embassy.

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