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Thai man shared room with body of dead wife for 21 years

Thai man shared room with body of dead wife for 21 years 2

Husband, 72, finally cremates body of his wife after sharing a room with the corpse for 21 YEARS in Bangkok

  • Charn Janwatchakal kept corpse at his single-storey home in Bang Khen district
  • The ex-medic in Royal Thai Army asked charity workers to finally remove it
  • Mr Janwatchakal in tears as they transferred her body to a new coffin on Apr 30

An elderly Thai man who kept the body of his dead wife in a coffin for 21 years in the room where he slept has finally bid farewell after her remains were removed to be cremated.

Distressing video shows the moment Charn Janwatchakal, 72, watches on as charity workers retrieve the rotting coffin from the dingy space, surrounded by plastic bags and other rubbish in the Bang Khen district of Bangkok.

Mr Janwatchakal, a former medic in the Royal Thai Army, had requested the assistance of the Phet Kasem Bangkok Foundation to cremate his wife, who died from a congenital disease in 2001.

In the footage, taken on April 30, the workers first carefully remove the coffin from the ramshackle single-storey property.

Charn Janwatchakal, 72, kept the body of his dead wife in a coffin for 21 years in the room where he slept. He has now finally bid farewell after her remains were removed to be cremated. (He is seen above paying his final respects)

Charn Janwatchakal, 72, kept the body of his dead wife in a coffin for 21 years in the room where he slept. He has now finally bid farewell after her remains were removed to be cremated. (He is seen above paying his final respects)

After removing the coffin from the single-storey home in the Bang Khen district of Bangkok, charity workers removed the lid in order to transfer the skeletal remains to a new casket

After removing the coffin from the single-storey home in the Bang Khen district of Bangkok, charity workers removed the lid in order to transfer the skeletal remains to a new casket

The workers - from the Phet Kasem Bangkok Foundation - wrapped the corpse in cloth lining

The widower offered up his hands in prayer

The workers – from the Phet Kasem Bangkok Foundation – wrapped the corpse in cloth lining (left), as the widower offered up his hands in prayer

The widower then sits on the ground and stares, overcome with emotion, before reaching out to touch it.

The workers rip off the decaying wooden lid to reveal the woman’s blackened skeletal remains, which they wrap in cloth lining to transfer to a newer casket.

Now in tears, Mr Janwatchakal touches the corpse one more time before it is gently laid to rest in the ornate coffin – and puts his hands together in prayer. 

The remains were gently placed in the new casket before being transported for cremation

The remains were gently placed in the new casket before being transported for cremation

Above, the squalid room where Mr Janwatchakal slept next to his dead wife's body. The coffin can be seen to the left of the doorway

Above, the squalid room where Mr Janwatchakal slept next to his dead wife’s body. The coffin can be seen to the left of the doorway

Referring to his wife, he says: ‘Mum, you are just going for a brief business and you’ll be back home again. It won’t be long, I promise,’ according to the Independent.ie.

It is understood that his wife had worked in the public health ministry.

Over the years, as he shared a room with his dead wife, Mr Janwatchakal spoke to her body, as if she were alive, the Straits Times reported.

He had registered her death, so no legal action was taken against him.  

The couple used to live with their two sons – but both moved out after disagreeing with their father’s decision to keep the corpse on the property. 

Over the years, as he shared a room with his dead wife, Mr Janwatchakal spoke to her body, as if she were alive. He had registered her death, so no legal action was taken against him

Over the years, as he shared a room with his dead wife, Mr Janwatchakal spoke to her body, as if she were alive. He had registered her death, so no legal action was taken against him

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