A well-known British expatriate and Pattaya bar manager unexpectedly died from organ failure Saturday morning, friends reported in an online forum.
Details of the death of “Big” Steve McCann are still sparse, but various users of the online forum Pattaya Addicts claim that the 44-year-old Englishman passed away at around 11:00 Saturday morning. He apparently died of kidney failure.
It is being said that Mr McCann, who was a well-known character in Pattaya’s expat scene and had been the manager of several popular bars, including the “Living Dolls” 1 and the “Three Angels” bar, complained about stomach ache some days before his death.
“Steve never sat but kinda leant over the bar standing,” a user remembers the encounter. “He complained about having a stomach ache and told me that must be his gall bladder, but the pain was on his left side.” Shortly later, Mr McCann reportedly was admitted to a hospital on Thursday, June 16. After being treated for two days, he died of what people close to him say was a kidney failure.
Besides his professional commitment to Pattaya’s bar scene, the Bracknell native was known for his excessive lifestyle. Mr McCann was a heavy drinker and suffered from obesity for many years. “He knew his choice of lifestyle, in particular his drinking meant that he would have a limited lifespan,” a forum user said.
Another user described his drinking habit: “Steve is the only guy I have ever met who would down a full glass of beer in one go, without saying ‘Hey, watch me do this’, he would just down a full glass. As a matter of fact, that is how he drank.” For some, Mr McCann’s death did not even come as a surprise: “It really was only a matter of time for Steve, with his weight and drinking.”
Steve McCann is survived by his two daughters.
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