BANGKOK – The body of Thai actress Nida Patcharaveerapong was found floating in the Chao Phraya River Saturday afternoon (February 26). She was 37 years old.
Thai newspaper The Bangkok Post said she fell from a speedboat on Thursday evening while on a pleasure cruise along the river. She was not wearing a life jacket at the time.
A search followed her disappearance in the river, and it was her brother who discovered her body. It was located about 1 km from where she fell, near the Rama VII Bridge in Nonthaburi Province, northwest of Bangkok.
Local police are still investigating his death. However, they said the driver of the speedboat did not have a valid license.
The other five people who were on the boat at the time of the crash – including Patcharaveerapong’s personal manager – all presented themselves to local police for questioning.
The actress’ mother, Panida Sirayutthayothin, has suggested her daughter’s death may not have been accidental.
“Someone might not have been thrilled that Tangmo was there,” she said, using the nickname Patcharaveerapong among fans.
Patcharaveerapong had posted her last post on Instagram – where she has 1.5 million followers – shortly before her fall on Thursday.
“The sun (is) ready to rise again,” she wrote in the caption of the post, which featured photos of her enjoying a sandy beach in Phuket.
Patcharaveerapong has been active in Thailand’s entertainment industry for nearly 20 years and started out as a model who appeared in beauty pageants. She recently appeared in the television drama The Fallen Leaf (2019).
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