“Somkiet passed away at Vachira Hospital at 8:30am on Monday,” Somkiet’s brother, Kitisin Kuru, told The Phuket News.
“He was suffering from kidney failure and infection,” he added.
Mr Somkiet had served many years as the leader of the Patong Gao Na (Patong Progress, Mr Kitisin noted.
In 2002, Mr Somkiet was installed as Patong Deputy Mayor after Patong local Chalermsak Maneesri won the mayoral election against long-term incumbent Pian Keesin.
Mr Somkiet in 2008 even contested the seat of Patong Mayor against Mr Pian, but lost by a mere 577 votes.
“After he lost the Patong mayor election, he focused more on his property business,” Mr Kitisin said.
Services are being held at Wat Suwankiriwong (Wat Patong) and will continue until Friday (Oct 14).
“The cremation will be at 12:30pm on Saturday, October 15,” Mr Kitisin said.