Top Pheu Thai politicians pay respects at funeral of ex-advisor’s son

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A trio of Pheu Thai Party politicians joined local officials in paying their condolences to a former Education Ministry advisor and head of Sophon Cable Television at the final cremation ceremony for his son, who died at age 35.

Chaturon Chaisaeng, deputy prime minister in the Yingluck Shinawatra government, her Education Minister Worawat Ua-apinyakul and Pongthep Thepkanchana, who took over as caretaker prime minister after Yingluck resigned, were on hand for the March 7 funeral of Thanapat Hengtrakul at Chaimongkol Temple.

PBTA President Sinchai Wattanasartsathorn and Pratheep Singh Malhotra, managing director of Pattaya Mail Media Group, participate in the funeral ceremony.PBTA President Sinchai Wattanasartsathorn and Pratheep Singh Malhotra, managing director of Pattaya Mail Media Group, participate in the funeral ceremony.

Thanapat’s father, Chanyuth Hengtrakul, was an advisor to Worawat and is Sophon Cable’s CEO.

Nongprue Sub-district Deputy Mayor Anek Pattanangam delivered a speech recapping Thanapat’s life, which ended suddenly due to liver cancer.

Thanapat, a deputy managing director at Sophon Cable TV, died Feb. 27. A graduate of the National Institute of Development Administration and the Western International University in the United States, he returned to Thailand to help run the family cable business.

He was said to be friendly and well-liked and an avid sportsman, enjoying running, badminton and jet-skiing. His diagnosis for liver cancer came late in the disease’s development and as a total surprise, the family said.

His funeral ran 10 days.