Andrew Frank Browning
Severe health problems drove a British man to commit suicide. He jumped from the 7th floor of a Bangkok hotel on Monday evening.
At 22:03 on Monday, June 6, Andrew Frank Browning ordered a drink while sitting in a restaurant on the 7th floor of The Westin Grande Sukhumvit hotel. It was to be his last drink. Only minutes later, the 67-year-old Englishman went out onto the balcony on the same floor, climbed onto a chair and jumped off over the side of the building.
Hotel staff immediately called the police at 22:15, and later found Mr Browning’s body on the pavement in front of the hotel. Rescue volunteers from the Ruam Katanyu Foundation and a doctor from King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital, together with deputy investigator Pol Capt Tongbor of Lumpini Police Station arrived shortly after to investigate the scene.
Police went to the hotel restaurant on the 7th floor from where Mr Browning had jumped and found an opened door to one of the balconies with a chair standing beside the edge. “We believe Mr Browning jumped over the side from this chair,” Pol Capt Nosppa said.
While the staff of the hotel in Bangkok’s Khlong Toei district cordoned off the 7th floor balcony, police went down to the front of the building to where the body had hit the ground. “Mr Browning died of a broken neck which he sustained from the fall,” Pol Capt Noppa told Manager Online, adding that the deceased also sustained fractures to both legs.
In the pockets of Mr Browning’s trousers, police found a farewell letter addressed to his children in which he explained the reasons for his suicide. “My health has been gradually declining over the last 3 years, with pain in leg/knee”. The letter also described what should happen with his belongings.
Police questioned the staff of the restaurant who reported that Mr Browning had ordered a drink shortly before he committed suicide. Pol Capt Nosppa asserted, “We have assumed that Mr Browning was no longer able to cope with his health problems and decided to end his life as a result.”
Rescue workers transported the body to King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital for further medical examination. The British Embassy has been informed of the tragic incident.
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