Thai farmer commits suicide after World Cup scolding

2010-07-02 10:00

A Thai farmer killed himself with weedkiller after his father

rebuked him for watching World Cup football instead of working on the family’s

rice field, according to news reports.

Police were informed of the suicide on Thursday by staff from

Sappasit Prasong Hospital in the northeastern province of Ubon


Dechatorn Karawong (28) died of multiple organ failure after

ingesting the weedkiller, the Bangkok Post reported.

Police quoted Dechatorn’s older sister, Kittitara Karawong, as

saying that their father scolded her brother for watching World Cup matches late

into the night and then failing to help his parents plough their rice paddy

field in the morning.

She said her father told Dechatorn on Sunday night that he should

eat a football instead of rice if he wanted to watch the World Cup instead of


Dechatorn was so upset by the father’s criticism that he swallowed

the weedkiller, Kittitara said.

Relatives rushed him to a local hospital. He was later moved to

Sappasit Prasong Hospital, where he succumbed to the poison.

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