Alcoholism Suspected Cause of Norwegian’s Death

A Norwegian national and suspected alcoholic has died at his Pattaya residence early on Sunday morning. The man is thought to have been suffering from alcoholism and a related disease having been advised by medical professional on several occasions to refrain from drinking.

Pattaya, the 19th of September 2010 [PDN]: At approximately 00:30am on Sunday, Lieutenant Colonel Phatsa Detphakhul (Pattaya Police Investigator) was notified of a foreign mans death at a house in South Pattaya. A team of officers and the Sawang Boriboon Foundation were dispatched to the incident to investigate.

Arriving at the scene, officer discovered the recently deceased body of Mr. Arne Martin Pedersen [61], a Norwegian national, lying dead on the floor of his South Pattaya home. Medical personnel advised that he had been dead for approximately 1 hour.

Waiting at the scene, Miss Naree Taotulee [42], the Thai wife of Mr. Pedersen, explained that her husband suffered from severe alcoholism and had been seeing medical specialists for an unknown disease related to his abuse of alcohol. Allegedly, Mr. Pedersen had been attempting to reduce his compulsive drinking based on doctor’s advice, but had been struggling to contain his addiction, according to Miss Taotulee. 

On the day of his death, Miss Taotulee explained that her husband had fallen over as a result of his severe intoxication, knocking his head on the tiled floor before becoming unconscious. Mr. Pedersen had allegedly refrained from drinking alcohol for several days prior to his death based on stern advice from doctors. Accordingly, Miss Taotulee called the emergency services, however, Mr. Federson had passed away before their arrival.

Mr. Pedersen’s body has now been sent to the Forensic Science Institute for a post-mortem examination. At present, police speculate Mr. Pedersen’s severe alcoholism and/or related diseases contributed to his death, however, officers will await autopsy results before informing the Norwegian Embassy.

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