A man has dropped dead at a Thai strip club while watching strippers perform. The unidentified man was reported to be a British tourist and died from an apparent heart attack.
The man, in his 60s, had been at the packed bar on Wednesday night in the red light district of Soi Cowboy in the Thai capital Bangkok.
Onlookers said he was sitting next to the stage and was waving around a foam police baton toy before he fell face first onto the tiled floor.
Devastated performers who saw him collapse comforted each while pictures show emergency crews working at the scene.
One girl working at a venue on the red light district – which was busy with tourists who had arrived for Thai new year – said:
‘The man was like everybody else. He was just sitting next to the stage. He was enjoying himself. There was a toy, like a police baton. He was playing with it and then… his head stopped. He fell forwards and his face hit the ground.
At that moment, we thought it was just out of excitement, but he laid still for a moment before we realised there was trouble and everyone got scared and some of the girls screamed’
Staff initially thought the Briton, who has not been named, had suffered a seizure but medics later said they believed he had suffered a heart attack.
The man’s body was taken to hospital for a post-mortem examination and the British Embassy in Bangkok was informed.
Authorities who were at the scene took the statement of the staff members at the strip club as well as the patrons. The body of the tourist was thereafter taken away and reports have it that an autopsy will be carried out before investigation starts into the matter