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Elderly man chokes to death on roast duck

A piece of roasted duck meat similar to this is believed to have lodged in the throat of a 66-year-old man who died while having a meal with relatives at a restaurant in Pathum Thani on Sunday. (Bangkok Post file photo)

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PATHUM THANI: A 66-year-old man attending a farewell meal with relatives died when a piece of honey-roasted duck became stuck in his throat at a suki restaurant in Thanyaburi district on Sunday.

Suthep Sarakul, of Chon Buri, was sitting in a wheelchair, dead, in the car park of the Tesco Lotus Khlong Si  branch on Rangsit-Nakhon Nayok road when police arrived about 2pm, police said.

An assistant manager of MK Restaurant, whose name was withheld, told police that Suthep and his group had ordered a set of suki food and a plate of a honey-roasted duck.

About an hour later, the man suddenly showed signs of distress and seemed to have a bout of hiccups, indicating something was lodged in his throat, she said. 

Staff immediately called for an ambulance. Relatives asked the superstore to provide a wheelchair to take him outside, but he died before the ambulance arrived, Thai media reported.

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