A 54-year-old Austrian man was found dead in his apartment by his Thai wife. She was coming to pick him up for a visa run on Thursday.
Usa Glahan, 38, and her husband, Roman Kothgabner, had been married for five years, but lived separately in Udon Thani’s Tetsabannakon district. Mr Kothgabner had been living in Thailand for ten years. “She last saw him in on Wednesday evening after which she returned to her family’s home,” deputy investigator Pol Capt Jakrit Sirigongpan said.
According to Thai media, the couple had arranged to meet up the next day and travel to Laos in order to renew Mr Kothgabner’s visa. However, when his wife entered his house, she was shocked to find her husband dead on his bed. Mrs Usa immediately called the authorities.
Officers from Mueang Udon Thani Provincial Police Station arrived at the house shortly after 12:30. “The deceased was found dressed only in shorts. His chest was on the bed, his legs on the floor. There was fluid coming from his mouth and nostrils,” said Pol Capt Jakrit describing the position in which Mr Kothgabner was found. Emergency doctors estimated the victim had died about nine hours prior to discovery.
While inspecting the room, police found a large quantity of Thai herbal medications on a table. “His wife said that she was not aware that he had any serious illnesses. She told us that whenever he was sick, he would take herbal remedies,” explained Pol Capt Jakrit quoting Mr Kothgabner’s wife.
An interim report has determined that the most likely cause of death was cardiac arrest during the previous evening. “Mr Kothgabner’s body was taken to Udon Thani Hospital for an autopsy,” Pol Capt Jakrit confirmed. “That will confirm the actual cause of death.”
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