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Tata Motors MD left note before suicide: Thai police

BANGKOK--A top executive of India's Tata Motors who plunged from the 22nd floor of an upscale Bangkok hotel left an apparent suicide note, Thai police said Monday.

Tata Motors managing director Karl Slym, 51, died early Sunday at the Shangri-La Hotel in Bangkok where he was attending a board meeting, the company has confirmed.

“Initially, we can only assume that he committed suicide,” Police Lieutenant Somyot Boonnakaew told AFP.

“The window was small and he had to try hard to get through it.”

The apparent suicide letter found at the scene has been sent for analysis to confirm it was written by Slym, he said.

Tata Motors shares fell 6.13 percent on Monday on news of Slym's death, closing at 347.80 rupees on the Bombay Stock Exchange.

Thai police believe Slym's wife was in the room at the time of his death but said she was too shocked to answer questions on Monday.

“She still cannot accept what has happened,” said Somyot, adding the executive's body was with forensic scientists.

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