Former prime minister Banharn Silpa-archa dies at 83

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BANGKOK, 23 April 2016  – Banharn Silpa-archa, the 21st prime minister of Thailand, passed away this morning, according to Siriraj Piyamaharajkarun Hospital. 

Mr Banharn was being treated for allergic asthma at Siriraj Piyamaharajkarun Hospital before he was declared dead at 4.42 am this morning. He was admitted to the hospital on April 21st.

His funeral will be held at Wat Thepsirin. The bathing ceremony will commence at 5 pm today.

Mr Banhan was the prime minister of Thailand from 1995 to 1996 and held different cabinet posts in several governments.

He was born on August 19th, 1932 in Suphanburi to a Chinese merchant family. He was married to Jamsai Silpa-archa and together they have three children.