Thai Clean Air Advocate Doctor Succumbs to Cancer at 29


Dr Krittai Tanasombatkul, a 29-year-old social media sensation physician from Chiang Mai province, passed away on Tuesday (Dec 5) after battling lung cancer. His father announced his passing on social media, accompanied by Krittai’s signature hashtag “Su-Di-Wa” (don’t give up).

A graduate of Chiang Mai University, Dr Krittai specialized in family medicine and had interests in clinical epidemiology and clinical statistics. Diagnosed with lung cancer in late 2022, his condition was linked to Chiang Mai’s severe smog, despite his healthy lifestyle.

Krittai shared his journey through social media and his best-selling book “Su-Di-Wa.”, hoping to return to teaching and was also drawn to spirituality and psychology. In October, his health deteriorated, leading to his marriage to his girlfriend.

Using his experience, Dr Krittai advocated for action against air pollution in Thailand, emphasizing the need for clean air for future generations. His passing has triggered an outpouring of condolences and renewed calls for measures to improve air quality and efforts towards environmental health in Thailand.

The preceding is a press release from the Thai Government PR Department.

Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for five years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.