A South African man, Devlyn Abbott, 41, a father of two has apparently died as the result of an accident in his hotel room on Prabaramee Road in Patong.
Devlyn Abbott, a 41-year-old KwaZulu-Natal law enforcement officer, checked in on April 28 and was discovered by Thai hotel staff on Tuesday after his travel agent could not get hold of him on his phone. The agent then called the hotel and staff went to check Abbott’s room on the fifth floor and found him dead.
According to the Phuket News, Police said that there appeared to be no sign of foul play, breakin or assault. However, the man had suffered a small head injury which police believe was caused by the fall.
Unconfirmed reports say Abbott slipped and fell in his hotel room however, Thai authorities are still investigating the exact cause of death, an official autopsy report has not been released.
Robyn Steyn, a friend of Abbott’s was the first to hear of his death. Steyn said she last conversed with Abbott on Sunday when he told her he had a terrible sinus infection and wanted to go to bed.
Worry mounted after two days when Steyn had not received any messages from Abbott. She then called the hotel on Tuesday and asked staff to check on him. When Thai staff knocked on Abbott’s door, there was no answer so they broke open the door. “That’s when they found him,” she added, Abbott’s friends and family have expressed shock over his death.
According to the post-mortem report that was released after the initial reports were published, Mr Abbott died of “cerebral edema and bleeding under meninges”. He was last heard from on Sunday, May 3 after complaining via WhatsApp of a piercing headache to his brothers, Wayne and Calvin.
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