Football frenzy suspected in sailor’s post-Euro 2012 demise

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A Royal Thai Navy sailor agitated by Italy’s loss in the Euro 2012 died minutes after the football tournament’s finale of an apparent heart attack.

Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Thumnoon Tamnaeng, 43, was found slumped over the wheel of his Toyota pickup truck early July 2, just 50 meters from where he watched Spain beat Italy 4-0.

Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Thumnoon Tamnaeng’s official navy ID photo. Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Thumnoon Tamnaeng’s official navy ID photo.

Co-workers at the Air and Coastal Defense Command said Thumnoon was a rabid Italy booster and had worked himself up into quite the lather over the match.

The sailor also suffered from high blood pressure. That, and the packet of heart medication next to the body, led investigators to believe his football frenzy ended his life.