Former famous Thai actress who had fallen on hard times found dead in Si Racha home

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A former famous Thai actress, who in recent years had fallen onto hard times in the Pattaya area, was found dead at a house in Si Racha this morning.

The Si Racha Police was notified of the incident at 10:00 AM today, Thursday, July 23, at a house in the Surasak sub-district.

Si Racha Police arrived at the house to find the body of Ms. Manusanan ‘Tai’ Pandee, 33.

No sign of struggle was found on her body or in the house and she was lying in a sleeping area. She was found by the owner of the home, an 81 year old long-time family friend of Manusanan.

Manusanan is originally from Chonburi. She was a famous Thai teenage actress 13 years ago and starred as a supporting actress in a variety of television shows, movies commercials and other media. Some of her better known movies were Noodle Boxer and See How They Run. She also became a fairly prominent singer on the entertainment scene in Bangkok.

Last year, however, Ms. Manusanan was found begging on the streets in Chonburi with her head shaved. A video, below, went viral of her living in poverty and struggling with various mental and physical issues.

Screen capture from video on associated press.

According to reports in associated press, Manusanan developed mental illnesses after being involved in a tragic car accident and was arrested several times with various theft and drug related charges in 2016 and 2018. The car accident had also reportedly killed her former boyfriend, a singer, which reportedly spiraled her into depression and drug abuse.

She had privately been dealing with many years of substance abuse, according to relatives and other media. A video of her living in poverty and struggling went viral previously here:

Recently, she had stayed with her mother, 53 year old Usa Chankae, at a homeless shelter in Chonburi.
The house’s owner, Mr. Jan Kongkaew, 81, said Ms. Manusanan’s mother is now in prison. He did not disclose the nature of her legal charges or if she had been made aware of her daughters death.

Manusanan asked to stay at his house recently after her mother went to prison as his family had known her family for a long time.

According to Jan, Manusanan had looked very sick all this week but had dismissed any attempts for aid. At 10:00 AM today she was found deceased in her sleeping quarters.

Banglamung police are continuing their investigation to find the exact cause of death.

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