Ex-Nepal prince suffers heart attack

February 21, 2013 - 6:50:18 am

BANGKOK: Former Nepalese crown prince Paras Shah was  in intensive care in Thailand after suffering a heart attack, the Nepalese Embassy in Bangkok said yesterday.

Shah, 42, who has been living in Thailand, was admitted to hospital late on Tuesday, acting Ambassador Dornath Aryal said. “Doctors said his condition is improving and he needs a full examination.”

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. 

He 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-fuelled rampage before apparently turning his gun on himself.