Sylvain Bernard Renia
Phuket police suspect a pre-existing medical condition to be the cause of death of a French national who was found dead in his hotel room in Patong on Saturday morning.
Pol Capt Sininat Choedchudtraguntong from Patong Provincial Police Station arrived on the scene after being informed of the death of a guest at The Nest Resort in Kathu subdistrict. Police and rescue workers made their way to the hotel at around 9:30 on Saturday morning.
Kneeling on the floor with his face pressed against the wall of the hallway, was the naked body of Mr Sylvain Bernard Renia, 28*. This bizarre scene left investigators puzzled over the cause of death. There were no visible signs of injury or violence on his body.
“Mr Renia’s personal belongings were scattered all over the room,” Pol Capt Sininat told reporters that afternoon. A brief medical examination by a physician from Patong Hospital indicated that the Frenchman had been dead for less than six hours.
Resort employees disclosed to police officers that Mr Renia had checked into the resort alone and that only a week before his death, he had gone to Patong Hospital for the treatment of food poisoning.
Pol Capt Sininat’s initial investigation report surmised that Mr Renia might have suffered from severe health conditions which were possibly aggravated from an underlying chronic illness.
A post-mortem examination at Patong Hospital conducted on October 13 at the Institute of Forensic Medicine in Surat Thani came to the conclusion that Mr Renia had died of respiratory and circulatory failure. “There are no details in the results which mention chemicals or poisoning as part of the cause of death,” police said.
The investigation into the death of the 28-year-old has since then been closed “as we have now medical confirmation of the cause of death and there are no suspicious circumstances,” Lt Sirinath Cheuchutakulthong of the Patong Police told The Phuket News. Furthermore, Mr Renia’s family are not questioning the cause of death.
* Some online news, including The Phuket News>, specified the age of Mr Renia as 27.
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- October 18, 2016: "Autopsy results show respiratory, circulatory failure caused Frenchman’s death in Phuket" (thephuketnews.com)