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Father dead in the bathroom as “home alone” children write letters pleading with him to wake up

Three young children living with their father in Bung Karn didn’t realize their dad was dead in the bathroom.

They thought he was sleeping off a drinking bout. They brought a blanket to keep him warm and a drink of water.

Then went to bed. But when he was still there in the morning two of the eldest daughters wrote heartfelt letters to their dad begging him to come round.

When police and medics finally arrived they found the letters by the head of the victim.

The case that Thai Rath described as terribly sad came to light as the cremation of 54 year old Pheeraphan Hongthawee was taking place yesterday.

He lived with Jom Jem, 9, Jiap, 7 and a five year old boy. Their mother had gone to work in Bangkok with another younger child.

Pheeraphan died in the bathroom and the children thought he was sleeping off a drinking bout. The eldest child said he drank alcohol because he was stressed out due to a failed shrimp business.

So they got a blanket and a drink of water for him and took themselves off to bed. Next morning he was still there and they wrote letters to their dad.

One said: “We love you Dad. Don’t die. Please recover and come back to us for ever. Let it be true. Amen.”

Another had a child’s drawing of three happy people.

A man selling chicken eventually came and told the children their father had died. When medics and police arrived they found he had been dead for ten hours.

The sad letters were placed at the head of the victim.

Thai VisaThai Rath




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