Ukrainian ambassador dies of heart attack, not COVID-19 related
Ukrainian Ambassador to Thailand, H.E. Mr. Andrii Beshta, died of a heart attack today (Sunday), and his death was not COVID-19 related, according to Satun provincial authorities.
The 45-year-old diplomat died in the early hours of Sunday morning, while vacationing on the resort island of Lipe, in the southern province of Satun. According to his son, who stayed in the same hotel room, the ambassador was vomiting and lost consciousness before his death.
A swab test for COVID-19 was negative, said Satun Governor Ekarat Leesen.
An initial police investigation found no sign of break-in or physical altercation. An initial examination of the body also found no wounds or bruises.
The remains were sent to Satun Hospital for a preliminary autopsy, before being sent to the Police General Hospital in Bangkok for a more detailed examination.
Mr. Beshta had been the Ukrainian ambassador to Thailand since 2016. He had previously been posted to Thailand from 2007 to 2011. He started working in Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1998 and was posted to the Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the United Nations in New York.