Cops Suspect Suicide in Tata Exec's Fatal Fall
Examining note left behind in Bangkok hotel room
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 27, 2014 9:30 AM CST
Updated Jan 27, 2014 10:10 AM CST
In this April 12, 2010 file photo, General Motors India Managing Director Karl Slym speaks in Ahmadabad, India.   (Ajit Solanki)

(Newser) – Thai police said today they suspect a top British executive at Indian automotive giant Tata Motors committed suicide in a fall from his room on the 22nd floor at a luxury hotel in Bangkok. Managing Director Karl Slym died yesterday while in Thailand to attend a board meeting of the company's Thai affiliate. Investigators believe Slym may have killed himself because of a suicide note left in the room referring to domestic problems; a police spokesman said the letter was being analyzed to confirm it was written by Slym.

Slym joined Tata Motors in October 2012 and was providing leadership to the company during a difficult market period, company Chairman Cyprus P. Mistry said in a statement. He described Slym as "a valued colleague who was providing strong leadership at a challenging time for the Indian auto industry." "In this hour of grief, our thoughts are with Karl's wife and family," he said.

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Ezekiel 25:17
Jan 28, 2014 10:41 PM CST
Well, that explains a bit of why the company that makes the world smallest car bought the company that makes one of the worlds worst vehicles for economy, Land Rover.
Jan 27, 2014 11:09 PM CST
David Carradine now this guy....
Jan 27, 2014 12:18 PM CST
Suicide? I'm not buyin it, I've seen 'Bangkok Dangerous' starring Nic Cage. And if it's on 'Newser'...there ya go.