Elderly Norwegian’s death on Thai island of Lipe blamed on heart failure

Exterior of the Bloom Cafe & Hostel Lipe. Photo: Bloom Cafe and Hostel Lipe / Facebook
Exterior of the Bloom Cafe & Hostel Lipe. Photo: Bloom Cafe and Hostel Lipe / Facebook

Police have determined a 71-year-old Norwegian tourist found dead in his hotel room on a southern Thai island this past weekend died of natural causes.

An initial examination found that Eng Soeng Ong most likely had a heart attack in his sleep. He was found dead Saturday night at the Bloom Cafe & Hostel on Koh Lipe in Satun province.

“We think he might have had sudden arrhythmic death syndrome,” said Lt. Col. Banjered Manavech, an investigator of marine police station 3.

Police have ruled out foul play.

“A preliminary post-mortem examination did not reveal any external or internal wound as well as evidence of a fight. Doctors believe his heart stopped beating suddenly,” reads a report forwarded by the police. 

Ong arrived on Koh Lipe and had checked into the hotel Nov. 4 for two weeks. His body has been transported to a hospital on the mainland for further examination.


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