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

(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.

In this April 12, 2010 file photo, General Motors India Managing Director Karl Slym speaks in Ahmadabad, India.
In this April 12, 2010 file photo, General Motors India Managing Director Karl Slym speaks in Ahmadabad, India.   (Ajit Solanki)
General Motors India President and Managing Director Karl Slym poses with a new version of Chevrolet Aveo in Ahmadabad, India, Thursday, May 13, 2010.
General Motors India President and Managing Director Karl Slym poses with a new version of Chevrolet Aveo in Ahmadabad, India, Thursday, May 13, 2010.   (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)
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