Blind singer Blind singer and singer of the Thai group Blind Bandit Blind Banditor has died in a Bangkok hospital after suffering a stroke.
The 45-year-old was suffering from dementia and had been in the intensive care unit for nearly a week, according to his sister, Dusine Siam.
His death comes a week after Thailand’s Ministry of Health said it had confirmed his death after a postmortem examination.
Dusin Siam said her brother was in a stable condition in the hospital, but did not specify what his condition was.
A video showing the singer, who had been known as “Siam,” singing on the piano while being operated on last month has gone viral.
The singer’s death has sparked a backlash online, and a petition calling for his release garnered more than 5,000 signatures on Wednesday.
Thailand’s state-run broadcaster NHK reported on Thursday that authorities were examining the cause of his death, and said he had been transferred to a hospital in the southern city of Bangkok.
A police spokesman said police were also examining the condition of the singer’s brother, Duyak Dukkaek.
The police spokesman, who spoke on condition of anonymity, did not give any other details.
The bandit, who has a string of hits with his single “Kiss Me”, released a song titled “Tum tum”, or “Heart of Gold,” in December.
He also released two albums in 2014 and 2015, including “Tasos,” which was nominated for a Grammy for best rap song in 2015.
His brother, the Thai national, was a major star on TV programs including “Worlds Apart” and “The Voice,” and was inducted into the Thai National Theatre Hall of Fame in 2015, according in the bandit’s Facebook page.