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Old 10-09-2012, 11:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Nakhon Pathom: Former actress Pawana found dead in pond

Former actress Pawana found dead in pond | Bangkok Post: news

Former actress Pawana found dead in pond Pawana Chanachit, a former movie star, was found dead in unusual circumstances at a pond near her home in Nakhon Pathom, and police are investigating whether her death was an accident or murder. She was 69.

Pol Lt-Col Pinyo Muksiksarn, the duty officer at Nakhon Chaisri station, said on Monday that he received a report about 3am that Pawana's body had been found on the ledge of a pond near her house on Nakhon Chaisri-Pinklao road, near the Thai Human Imagery Museum.

Apicha Laosaengtong, Pawana's adopted son, told investigators that Pawana had been living with Nattapong Luangsirikul, aged 57, for more than 10 years. They opened a grapefruit shop in front of their house and hired two workers.

Mr Apicha, 21, said one of the workers phoned him and told him that Pawana had mysteriously disappeared. He then called Pawana's relatives to go to her house.


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When he and Pawana's relatives arrived, Mr Nattapong angrily told them not to enter the house and to leave immediately because he was the house owner. Mr Nattapong also threatened him by firing a gunshot into the air, according to Mr Apicha's statement.

Mr Apicha said he was later informed of Pawana's death at about 3am.

Mr Nattapong told police that Pawana regularly paid respect to holy spirits near the pond and that she might have passed out and fallen into the water.

Another witness whose name was not given told police that Pawana and Mr Apicha had traded heated words prior to the incident.

Mr Nattapong was believed to be present at the pond where the former actress died and there were some conflicting issues to be resolved, police said.

An autopsy will be conducted on Tuesday to establish the exact cause of her death, police said.

Pawana, whose real name was Aranyaporn Laosaengthong, nicknamed Yin, was born on Dec 20, 1943 to a Mandarin Chinese family.

She began her acting career in 1960, taking a leading role in the film "Saeng Soon", along with late actor Mitr Chaibancha and actress Amara Assavanonda. She won an award for the film.

Dubbed the "Pearl of Asia", Pawana's acting career ran from 1960 to 1979.
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'Suspicious circumstances' surround death of Pawana Chanajit, the 'Pearl of Asia' - The Nation

'Suspicious circumstances' surround death of Pawana Chanajit, the 'Pearl of Asia'

THE NATION September 11, 2012 1:00 am


In her roles in many classic movies, former actress Pawana Chanajit often played a girl in love with much older men. But the 'Pearl of Asia' was living with a younger man until her body was found yesterday in a pond at her Nakhon Pathom home.

The 69-year-old actress was found by her boyfriend after she briefly went missing, police said.

Relatives believe she died in suspicious circumstances and cited Pawana's massive wealth and relationship troubles in recent months.

The boyfriend, Natthaphong Luangsirikul, 55, told police Pawana disappeared from her home, located on a 16-rai plot, at about 9pm on Sunday. He and two servants looked for her till he found a slipper floating in a 2-metre-deep pond around 3am yesterday.

Pawana's brother-in-law Phanyos Ratchadaphornwanich told police he came to the house to help find Pawana, and heard a gunshot, before seeing Natthaphong carry a pistol, and walk closely to Phanyos' wife Hatthaya, who is Pawana's sister.

"Natthaphong wanted to know where two briefcases belonging to Pawana were being kept by her adopted son, Aphicha. I think they contain some documents Natthaphong wanted," Phanyos told police.

Pawana, whose legal Thai name was Aranyaphorn Laosaengthong, had around Bt2 billion in assets, including Bt4 million through a land sale in Nakhon Ratchasima, Pol Lt-Colonel Chaiyos Mukdaharn, a senior officer at Nakhon Chasri police station, which has jurisdiction over the case, said.

Another senior investigator, Pol Lt-Colonel Sanit Chinjorhor, said police have not concluded the cause of her death as drowning. An initial forensic study found no wounds on her body. A crime scene investigation aimed to simulate her movement before she possibly plunged into the pond, judging from where a slipper was found at the scene.

An unnamed servant was quoted in news reports as saying that Natthaphong drew his pistol and chased people who came to the house to help find Pawana. The servant claimed to have seen Natthaphong "wai" Pawana's body after he found her and shouted to everyone.

"He rushed to the pond and gave a wai to her body. For what reasons I don't know," the servant said.

At the height of her acting career in the 1960s and '70s, Pawana was known as the "Pearl of Asia" for her many roles in Hong Kong action movies, including "Duel of Fists" (1971), the Shaw Brothers' Bangkok thriller starring David Chiang and Ti Lung and directed by Chang Cheh.

Fluent in Cantonese, Pawana, whose Cantonese name is Lau Lan Ying, was the head of a hierarchy of heroines during her time making films in Hong Kong.

She made her film debut in 1960 with "Saeng Soon", featuring Mitr Chaibancha and Amara Assavanonda, for which she won a Tukata Thong (Golden Doll) award for best supporting actress.
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No evidence Pawana murdered | Bangkok Post: breakingnews

No evidence Pawana murdered A post mortem examination had revealed no evidence that former movie star Pawana Chanachit was murdered, Pol Col Pornchai Suthirakhun, deputy chief of the Institution of Forensic Medicine of the Police General Hospital, said on Tuesday.

Pol Col Pornchai said minor scratches were found on her face and body, but they were unlikely to have caused her death.

There were several bruises, which could have been caused by body contacts with any object, on the bodyand minor minor injuries at the nape of her neck and on her limbs.

Water was found in the lungs, and this was an important indication that she drowned.

At this stage, there were no indications that Pawana, 69, was killed, he said.

Doctors had gathered some samples from her body for a DNA test to establish if anyone else was involved in her death. Results of the tests would be known in two weeks, Pol Col Pornchai said.

Pol Col Pornchai said it was possible that Pawana had fainted and drowned, since she had a medical record of treatment for diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol.

The former movie star, know as the "Pearl of Asia". Her body was found around 3am on Sunday in a pond near her home in Nakhon Chaisi district ofNakhon Pathom. Pawana was her stage name. She was born Aranyaporn Laosaengthong.

Waipot Laosaengthong, Pawana's younger brother, said he still believed his sister had been murdered by a person close to her.

He said that person might have hired a Burmese worker in the house to kill her and dump the body in the pond.

Pawana's wealth was the possible motive, Mr Waipot said.

Mr Waipot said he had evidence to back his assumption, but would rather allow police to complete their investigation before revealing it.

She was initially believed to have falled into the pond and drowned, but police said on Monday they had not ruled out the possibility of murder, as alleged by her brother.
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"Water was found in the lungs, and this was an important indication that she drowned"

Isn't Thailand lucky to be blessed with such talented and skillful forensic specialists.....
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she had scratches and bruises, but they didnt cause her death...
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