Thailand’s iconic “Look Krung” crooner Suthep Wongkamhaeng dies at 86
Thailand’s famous “Look Krung” singer Suthep Wongkamhaeng died today, at the age of 86, at his residence in the Klongtan area of Bangkok.
A team of police from the local station and a doctor from Chulalongkorn Hospital were dispatched to Suthep’s house in Soi Pridi Banomyong 42 to examine the body and attempt to determine the cause of the death.
A national artist, Suthep was adored by the older generation of Thais for his soft and sweet easy-listening songs in the “Look Krung” style. Among his songs are “Rak Khun Khao Laew” (I have already loved you), “Look Kamphra” (Orphan), “Jai Pi” (My Heart), “Pid Tang Rak” (Wrong Way to Love), “Ter Yu Nai” (Where Are You?) and, “Botrian Korn Wiwa” (Lesson Before the Wedding) among others.
Suthep performed in several movies and sang in the themes to many classic Thai films.
He was born in Soong Noen district of Nakhon Ratchasima in 1943. After Mathayom 6 high-school graduation, he moved to Bangkok to stay with a relative and later joined the band of the Royal Thai Air Force as a singer, before turning to full-time singing and steadily rising to stardom on the back of his many hit songs.
Suthep was admitted to Siriraj Hospital for treatment of a blood infection last year. He also suffered from diabetes and other ailments associated with old age.