A 68-year-old German national who was due to fly home to Germany to undergo medical treatment was found dead at his home in Sattahip district, just south of Pattaya, on Sunday.
The elderly expat, identified as Wolfgang Willi Budick, was found with a nylon rope tied around his neck that was hanging from an iron bar on the ceiling. Police found no signs of a struggle or forced entry into the house and assume that the man committed suicide.
Mr Budick’s body was found by a Thai neighbour and a taxi driver who had come to pick the German man up and take him to the airport where he was due to board a flight back to Germany later on Sunday. When Budick failed to answer the door or his telephone, they broke into the house where they eventually found the foreigner’s body hanging from the ceiling.
According to local media, the German national suffered from an undisclosed, possibly incurable disease and was to undergo medical treatment of the gastrointestinal tract in his home country. Police assume that the foreigner was depressed and decided to take his own life rather than fly back to Germany and receive medical treatment.
As Thai authorities are coordinating with the German embassy in Bangkok, the man’s body has been sent for an autopsy to establish the official cause of death.