Ukraine’s 44-year-old ambassador to Thailand suddenly collapsed and died from an apparent heart attack in his hotel room at a resort on a paradise island Sunday, authorities said.
Andrii Beshta had arrived on Thailand’s idyllic isle of Koh Lipe on Friday with his 17-year-old son to bid farewell to a tourism buddy before the ambassador left his job to return home, the Bangkok Post reported.
Beshta’s son told island cops that his ambassador dad went to sleep around 11 p.m. Saturday, then woke up at 4:30 a.m. violently ill.
The ambassador vomited until he lost consciousness and died soon after.
A preliminary hospital autopsy “concluded he died from a heart attack,” said Ekkarat Leesen, governor of Thailand’s Satun province, where the island is located, to the outlet.
“We ruled out 100 percent that he died of Covid,” the government official said.
National Police deputy spokesman Kissana Phathanacharoen added in a statement, “Preliminary investigations showed no signs of him being attacked, no signs of a raid or violence.”
Beshta had been Ukraine’s ambassador to the country since 2016.