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Nepalese ex-prince suffers heart attack in Thailand

BANGKOK: Former Nepalese crown prince Paras Shah is in intensive care in Thailand after suffering a heart attack, the Nepalese embassy in Bangkok said on Wednesday.
Shah, 42, who had been living in Thailand, was admitted to hospital late Tuesday, acting Ambassador Dornath Aryal told AFP.
“Doctors said his condition is improving and he needs a full examination,” he said.
Bangkok’s Samitivej Hospital confirmed that Shah had been admitted but declined to discuss his condition.
Shah, who as crown prince was unpopular for his playboy lifestyle, was arrested for cannabis possession on the Thai resort island of Phuket in October.
He was detained again in December for smashing property at a luxury apartment in Bangkok. On both occasions he denied the charges and was released on bail.
Shah became heir to the throne in 2001 after his cousin, former crown prince Dipendra, killed nine members of his family including the king and queen in a drink-and-drugs-fueled rampage before apparently turning his gun on himself.
Nepal abolished its monarchy in 2008.