Chalong Police Capt Wuttiwat Liangboonjinda was called to the home, in Soi Aree, at 2pm, by the man’s maid.
Police arrived with rescue workers to find the body of the man*, dressed only in a bathrobe and socks, on the sofa.
“The TV in the room was still on,” said Capt Wuttiwat. “The body was discoloured with dark blue and purple as if he suffered some form of blood clot. We believe he had been dead for about two days before his body was discovered by the housekeeper.
“We found no sign of assault on the body and no sign of robbery in the house,” he added.
The housekeeper, who police declined to name, told officers that she last spoke to the man at 7pm on Friday (Feb 26), Capt Wuttiwat said.
“She said she spoke to him on the phone and arranged from the next cleaning service,” he explained. “But when she came to clean the house at 1:30pm (today), she found him lifeless on the sofa.
“She said that the man had lived in the house alone for almost 10 years. He constantly complained of having chest pain, but never visited a doctor. She said that he often bought over counter medication from pharmacies to take, and he drank almost every day,” Capt Wuttiwat said.
The man’s body was taken to Vachira Hospital for doctors to determine the cause of death, while police contacting the US Embassy in Bangkok, he added.
* The Phuket News has been given the man’s name, but is withholding it from publication until the man’s family has been notified of his death.