At the Rimkok Resort Chiang Rai, hotel staff discovered the body of an elderly Belgian man laying dead in his rented room. Police suspect a heart condition to be the cause of death.
Chiang Rai was the first stop for Rudolf Urbain, 63, who was leading a group of 30 Belgian tourists through Thailand. The travellers had arrived a month earlier, on January 14, at Bangkok and had been spending the time in the capital.
On February 2, Mr Urbain and his group arrived in Chiang Rai where they checked in into the Rimkok Resort, a four-star hotel on Maefarluang Rd Soi 1. When Mr Urbain failed to leave his room and repeatedly did not answer the door, tourists became concerned and at 9:00 asked the staff of the hotel to check on the man.
Mr Urbain was then found lying motionless on his bed. He was wearing a white T-shirt, underwear and grey socks. An emergency physician from Chiang Rai Brachanukro Hospital, who arrived along with police officers, estimated Mr Urbain had been dead for at least five hours before discovery.
Police found several prescription antibiotics and painkillers which had been issued by a hospital in Chiang Mai und Chiang Rai. Closer inspection of hospital records revealed that Mr Urbain had been suffering from heart disease for some time. As no suspicious circumstances were surrounding the death, police have assumed the victim died of natural causes.
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