Pinit Chansomboon, who had been a Kanchanaburi MP for four times, died of gastric cancer yesterday at hospital in his province. He was 59.
Pinit’s wife Nipa, 57, said former Pheu Thai party-list candidate had been receiving treatment at Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok for about two months before being brought back home.
His condition deteriorated and he was admitted to Paholpolpayuhasena Hospital in Kanchanaburi’s Muang district on April 26, before succumbing to the disease at 3am yesterday.
Pinit entered politics under the banner of the Palang Dharma Party founded in 1988 by Chamlong Srimuang, who is associated with the Santi Asoke sect of Buddhism.
The politician, known for his humble way of life, later joined Thai Rak Thai and then Pheu Thai Party. He was known to always take a bus from Kanchanaburi to attend House meetings in Bangkok, and often opted for public transport while in the capital.
Pinit also served as a secretary to the transport minister, was secretary to the House Speaker twice and was a government whip. Apart from his wife, the politician is survived by two sons and a daughter.