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Actor Papangkorn ‘Beam’ dies in his sleep

Thai Netflix actor Papangkorn “Beam” Lerkchaleampote was found dead in his bed, in a condominium building in Bangkok, on Wednesday evening. He was 25.

His mother said he was sleeping in his room. She tried to wake him up, but he failed to respond. She was shocked to realise he was not breathing, Thai media reported.

The actor was rushed to a hospital, where attempts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.

His office confirmed his death, but the cause of death was not known.  

His Instagram account showed that Papangkorn went to play football earlier in the day.

Papangkorn had performed in many Thai-language TV series produced for Netflix. They included  Nong Mai Rai Borisut, Rueng Lap Lang, Mister Merman, Sleepless Society: Bedtime Wishes, Bang Rachan, Blue Wave and Stranded.

Siriraj Hosital doctor Manop Pithukpakorn posted on his Facebook that sudden, unexplained death during sleep (SUD) was not uncommon in Asia, particularly among young men. 

A molecular autopsy could help determine the cause of the death, he said. He put a link to the actor’s death in his post.

A molecular autopsy includes genetic analysis in the post mortem examination.

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