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23 April 2010 :: 17:04:59 pm 18815

Former US Fighter Pilot Falls to His Death in Pattaya

An American national and former US fighter pilot with the Marine Corp. has fallen to his death from his 25th floor apartment in North Pattaya. The deceased’s body was severed in two after hitting the balcony of another condo during the fall. Investigations into the matter are continuing, however; depression over his congenital heart condition is believe to have led the man to commit suicide.
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Pattaya, the 23rd of April 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: At approximately 1:00pm on Friday, police Lieutenant Colonel Rerngwit Rakchat (Pattaya Police Investigator) was notified that a foreign man had fallen from his 25th floor room at the Mark Land Hotel & Spa, Pattaya Beach Road, North Pattaya. A team of investigative officers were dispatched to the scene along with the Sawang Boriboon Foundation.

At the scene, police discovered the scattered remains of American national, Mr. Paul Royal Osbourne [73] a former fighter pilot in the US Marine Corp. Mr. Osbourne had allegedly jumped from his 25th floor apartment, impacting with a 7th floor balcony before his severed body came to rest  on the 5th floor Swimming pool area.

Interrogation with Mr. Osbourne’s Thai wife of 8 years, Mrs. Phukonk Butsabong [29] revealed that he had been suffering with several serious illnesses over the past 2 years. Conditions including; high blood pressure, diabetes and an unknown congenital heart disease causing him to become severely depressed. Mr. Osbourne had been unable to walk unassisted and had been on a respiration unit 24 hours-a-day for quite some time. No evidence of a struggle was found in the apartment, however; a footprint, believed to be that of Mr. Osbourne, was later found on the balcony railing of the condo.

On the morning of Mr. Osbourne’s death, Mrs. Butsabong explains that she had left her husband sitting out on the condo’s balcony whilst going to visit a neighbour. Upon hearing a loud thud she returned to the room to find her husband missing. After searching the apartment she discovered that he had fallen from the balcony and was lying dead on the ground below their condo. Mrs. Butsabong explained that, the day before his death, Mr. Osbourne had been in a more depressive state than usual, stating that she did not think he was contemplating suicide despite his introverted nature.

At present police assume that Mr. Osbourne had committed suicide over depression regarding his failing health and the fact that he had allegedly attempted suicide on several other occasion. A full investigation into the incident will be carried out before police inform the US embassy in Bangkok.

Reporter : Wirraphun   Photo : Wirraphun   Category : Community News

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