Former PM Samak dies of cancer on Tuesday

Samak Sundaravej, the 25th prime minister of Thailand, died of cancer on Tuesday morning. He was 74. Samak had been treated for cancer in Bamrungrat Hospital in Bangkok for months. He went into coma on Sunday and died on Tuesday.

He was pronounced dead at the Bamrungrad Hospital at 9:33 am Tuesday. He would be remembered as one of the most colourful and controversial figures in Thai politics. He was known for his sharp tongue and short temper.

The veteran politician was also a celebrity cook, a newspaper columnist and owner, a Bangkok governor elected with the highest number of votes, a multiple-term MP, and a Cabinet member serving in many ministerial portfolios, including interior, transport and agriculture.

The Nation

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6 responses to “Former PM Samak dies of cancer on Tuesday

  1. I remember reading about few years ago. I’m not sure which position he held at that time he visited Vientaine, Laos. He ate some “tum mark hoong” from some local market and got him pretty sick. Thai press was all over that story and made few unkind comments about Laos. But, I find it funny though.. That’s the chance you’ll take eating them “padak” with tum mark hoong from the local market.. hahahahah He should know better.

  2. Nye

    The last I heard was that he was going to seek treatment in the US, but with this type of illness, no doctor can help. 😦

    If I’m not mistaken, he must be the first elected one after the cope take over.

  3. Nye

    I’m not saying this right, I didn’t count General Surayud Chulanont because he was the coup and Pateewat to get the position and the first elected candidate was Samak nominated by Thaksin’s party, then Somchie was the next candidate.

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