Michael Jerry Talbot
Police are puzzled over the death of a 28-year-old Canadian man found in a Patong hotel room early this morning.
Kathu Police Capt Yingyong Chuoykij was called to Tropica Bungalow Resort on the Patong beach road just before 6:00 where staff led the officers to the room where the body of Michael Jerry Talbot, 28, was still lying on his bed.
“We found no signs of robbery or assault,” Capt Yingyong said. Mr Shannon, a male friend of Mr Talbot, told police the pair had been out on Monday night returning to their the hotel around 23:00 and went to sleep.
He called for help after Michael Talbot told him that he had chest pain and difficulty breathing at around 5:30 in the morning – common symptoms of a heart attack. But when help arrived, Mr Talbot was already in shock.
“Mr Talbot was taken to Patong Hospital, but pronounced dead upon arrival,” Capt Yingyong said. Dr Unchisa Kittiyankul at Patong Hospital said that doctors there had yet to confirm the cause of death. “We found no signs of injury on the body, but we are hoping that further medical examination will confirm the cause of death,” Dr Unchisa said.
Talbot’s stepfather, Steve Gould, said Tuesday night: “We don’t have an answer yet, we haven’t totally digested it. It’s just kind of overwhelming.” Mr Gould said Talbot’s family wasn’t aware he had any health issues. He had worked for the last three years teaching English in China. “They were on a vacation,” he added.
Mr Talbot’s trip to Thailand coincided with Chinese New Year celebrations. His stepfather estimates it will take one to two weeks to repatriate his stepson’s body, adding there are “certain protocols” that must be observed when bringing a body back to Canada from overseas.
Asked if he’s confident that Thai authorities would be able to get to the bottom of Talbot’s mysterious passing, Mr Gould said: “We’re not really sure of that yet. There’s so many unknowns that we just know.”
According to a report in the Canadian news website The Star, a spokesperson for Global Affairs Canada confirmed in an email that the department was aware of a Canadian citizen who died in Phuket. A family member said Talbot had been travelling in a group with three other young men.
Meanwhile, Adam Froats, a childhood friend of Mr Talbot, is collecting donations on GoFundMe.com to raise funds for his transport back to his home country.
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- February 11, 2016: "Canadian tourist found dead in Thailand hotel" (thestar.com)