Celebrity deaths in hotels is nothing new. Oscar Wilde, Jimi Hendrix, Michael Hutchence and Anna Nicole Smith all met their ends in hotels around the world, sometimes in mysterious circumstances. With three high-profile deaths in five years, and countless lower-profile incidents, Bangkok hotels in particular are earning themselves an unwanted claim to fame.
In the early hours of Sunday morning the British-born MD of Tata Motors Karl Slym fell 22 floors to his death from his room at Bangkok’s luxury Shangri-la hotel while in town on a business trip. Thai police have indicated that they suspect suicide, with other outlets reporting that the the Tata boss’s death followed a lengthy argument with his wife.
In 2009 Hollywood actor David Carradine was found dead in his hotel room at the Swissotel Nai Lert Park Hotel in Bangkok. The 72-year-old, best known for his roles in TV series Kung Fu and Quentint Tarintino’s Kill bill movies, was initially thought to have committed suicide but reported evidence suggested his death was caused by “autoerotic asphyxiation”. Two autopsies concluded that suicide was not the cause of death, which is widely accepted as “accidental asphyxiation”.
In February 2012, US socialite and celebrity designer Wendy Albano was found stabbed to death in her room at the Fraser Suites Sukhumvit hotel in Bangkok. At the time, Thai police said they believed the 52-year-old was murdered by her 26-year-old Indian boyfriend who fled the country shortly after the incident. Before her death, her interior design business Wendy Albano Interiors was used by many high-profile celebrities in the US.
While high-profile incidents like these are rare, deaths among foreigners at Bangkok hotels are reported on a regular basis. Also last week it was reported that a young Polish girl fell to her death from a Bangkok hotel’s 10th floor.