March 13, 2016

Charles Rene Castella

A retired Swiss banker went to the restroom and fell suddenly down dead, said his wife who was sleeping with him in their Pattaya resort room.

Pattaya Police Station officers and workers of the local rescue foundation rushed to the BB House resort off Beach Road in 45 Dongtan Beach, Bang Lamung district. When they entered the bathroom at around 05:00 in the early Sunday morning, they found the body of 71-year-old Charles Rene Castella sprawled face up next to the toilet with his underpants around his knees.

Police suspect no foul play. The dead man, a frequent visitor to Thailand, was taking medication for a heart condition and there were no suspicious marks on the body. Police found a condom and a Kamagra in the man’s wallet.

Mr Castella’s 43-year-old wife told investigating officers that she had known her husband for four years. He was a regular visitor to Thailand and usually staying for three months at a time before returning to his home country where he had worked in a bank though he was now retired. They often went to the resort on his holidays. Mr Castella was due to return to Switzerland on Wednesday, March 16.

She continued to say her husband had woken up last night and had started coughing. Mr Castella, a smoker, said it was as a result of trying to give up the habit for a few days. He entered the toilet and emerged to sit outside for a while but was in discomfort.

Going into the toilet again, his wife said he must have fallen down. She rushed in to find him lying on the floor being unresponsive. She left to seek help but it was too late.

Police suspect Mr Castella was suffering from a heart condition and entered the bathroom to relieve himself when he fell and died.

The body was sent for autopsy and the Swiss embassy has been informed

Case Details

Source Thai Visa News
Date of Death: March 13, 2016
Last Edited: 1 year ago
Age: 71 years
Gender: Male
Nationality: Swiss
Cause of Death: Heart attack
Province: Chon Buri
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