Frenchman collapses, dies in Italian restaurant

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Police suspect a French man who collapsed and died at a central Pattaya restaurant either choked to death on spaghetti or suffered a heart attack.

Thomas Bernard, 61, was pronounced dead at the restaurant on Soi Chalermprakiat on Aug. 19. While spaghetti was found in his throat, officials are not certain choking was the cause of death.

Bernard was dining on Italian food and wine with his family. They reported during the meal his muscles tensed and he collapsed, leading officials to also suspect a heart attack.