A Norwegian man diagnosed with cancer decided to end his life by hanging himself from the rooftop of his 31-storey condominium in Pattaya. He was found dangling on a nylon rope on the facade of the building.
Police were called to Northshore Condominium on Soi 5 off Pattaya’s Beach Road in Tambon Nong Prue of Bang Lamung district, Chon Buri, after a shirtless Norwegian man was found hanging at about 10:00 along the outside wall of a high-rise, 3-4 meters below its rooftop. The other end of the rope had been tied to a fire hydrant.
It took Police and rescue workers about three hours to retrieve the body which was dressed in only a pair of shorts. Police also found a letter, written in Norwegian and two chopping blocks – one with a meter-long steel pipe attached to it, on the rooftop.
Police identified the deceased as Max Holden, a Norwegian who had been living on the 23rd floor of the North Condominium on Pattaya beachfront in Bang Lamung district.
According to an article published by Thai PBS, Pattaya police said the one-meter-long steel pipe had been turned into an improvised gun. Police theorise that Mr Holden, who is thought to be married to a Thai woman, went up to the roof deck on the 31st floor, purposely tied a rope around his neck and shot himself with the improvised gun and that the rope was a failsafe in case the gun failed to kill him.
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