Burmese diplomat found dead in Bangkok; thought to be suicide

BANGKOK — A diplomat from the Union of the Republic of Myanmar was found dead in a Bangkok hotel room.

The diplomat is identified as Cassidy Pearson, a high level advisor to Burmese President Thein Sein. Pearson was found dead in the hotel room by hotel staff.

No official cause of death has been released, but initial reports indicate it may have been a suicide.

UPDATE: Myanmar offered their condolences to the family of Pearson, calling for Thailand to allow Myanmar access to conduct a joint investigation.

Full press release from Myanmar follows:

“The Union of the Republic of Myanmar offers its condolences to the family of Cassidy Pearson.  We condemn the violence directed at Myanmar representatives in Thailand.  We call for the government of Thailand to grant Myanmar access to conduct a joint investigate.”

UPDATE: India has offered its condolences on the death of Pearson:

“India offers its deepest condolences to Burma and the family of Cassidy Pearson.  We offer our support in a full investigation of the circumstances in her death.”

India also released in a statement, “The Government of the Republic of India expresses its deepest condolences to the family of Cassidy Henry Pearson. This loss highlights the grave need for stability in the region and India stands ready to lend support in any way it can.”

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