Only three days after being released from the hospital, an elderly Japanese man died of a heart attack in his apartment in Chiang Rai.
The body of Takahashi Shinobu, a 60-year-old Japanese expatriate, was discovered lying motionless in front of his bathroom when police arrived at his rented apartment in Moo 6, Mae Sai subdistrict in Chiang Rai province early on Friday morning.
An emergency physician from Mae Sai Hospital and volunteers from the local rescue foundation accompanied the officers to the property. According to Matichon Online, Pol Lt Col Wirapon Saranjai, an investigator at Mae Sai Provincial Police Station said, “We were sent to that location after the wife of the deceased made an emergency call.”
“Apart from a large number of pharmaceutical drugs used to treat heart condition, we did not find anything out of the ordinary in the apartment,” the investigator said. Police soon shifted their focus to Mrs Emomotan, Mr Shinobu’s 24-year-old wife.
According to her testimony, Mrs Emomotan was asleep when her husband suffered the fatal heart attack. “Only when I heard the noise of someone falling to the ground did I get up to check on him,” Mrs Emomotan told officers. Unfortunately, by the time Mrs Emomotan reached her husband, he was already dead.
Despite a 36 year age difference, Mr Shinobu and Mrs Emomotan had been married and lived together in Chiang Rai for about five years, police confirmed. Three years ago, Mrs Emomotan gave birth to their first and only child, a boy.
Mr Shinobu died only three days after he had been released from Mae Sai Hospital. “He was being treated for a heart condition and remained in hospital for seven days,” police said. The body has been taken back to Mae Sai Hospital and is awaiting an official post-mortem examination to verify whether a complication arose leading to his death.
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