A university student fell off the fourth floor of a Bangkok hotel to his death last night while trying to get a phone signal from his balcony.
Around 1am today, Huai Khwang District police received a report regarding a fatal accident at The Hip Bangkok Hotel in Din Daeng district.
Officials showed up to the scene to find 21-year-old Pattanadech Homhuan — a third year student at Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna in Chiang Mai — lying face-up in a puddle of blood in the hotel’s parking lot, reported Bangkok Biz News.
Though rescuers rushed in to administer CPR, it was too late as the student was already dead.
Pattanadech’s friends told police that the group had been selected by their university to travel to Bangkok to compete in the RoV Pro League Season 3 tournament that is taking place at Rajamangala University of Technology, in the same district as the hotel they were staying in, from Monday until today.
For those unfamiliar with E-Sports, RoV stands for “Arena of Valor” (or formerly “Realm of Valor”) which is an immensely popular multiplayer online battle arena game.
The group had just finished yesterday’s round of the tournament and had returned to the hotel to rest and continue practicing their game play around the time of the accident.
His friends recalled Pattanadech complaining about not having any phone signal before going outside to the fourth floor balcony.
However, when Pattanadech’s character in the game remained motionless for what they thought was an unusually long while, another friend went out to the balcony to check on Pattanadech, reported The Nation
However, the only thing left on the balcony was his mobile phone.
Panicked, Pattanadech’s friends, reportedly, rushed down to check his condition but found him mortally injured. The group witnessed their friend pass away in front of their eyes.
Police suspect that the Pattanadech was sitting on the edge of the balcony and accidentally slipped. They believe he was engaged in playing the game at the time of the accident.
His body has since been sent for a post-mortem forensic examination at Ramathibodi Hospital in order to conclude the true cause of his death.