THAILAND - After a months-long battle with pancreatic cancer, famed luk thung singer Sayan Sanya succumbed to the disease at the age of 60 yesterday.
His fans will never forget his sweet and signature greeting on stage, "Just love me a little, but please love me long".
"Please don't ever leave Sayan Sanya behind. Please continue listening to his songs and supporting his legacy," DJ Nareudom Wittayasakphan, one of his hard-core fans, said of his idol.
Because he has emulated Sayan's style, Nareudom is often dubbed "Sayan 2".
A source said Sayan - whose real name was Pornsayan Chokedeesamer - removed his own oxygen tube during his stay at Thon Buri Hospital yesterday. Doctors rushed to his bedside but were unable to save him, the source said.
He lost consciousness at his home on July 15 and was rushed to the nearest hospital. When diagnosed with cancer, he sought treatment at various hospitals including Thon Buri Hospital. His funeral will be held at Rai King Temple in Nakhon Pathom.
Just weeks ago, Sayan went to this temple to join a concert. He did not sing onstage but was healthy enough to greet his fans.
He was born on January 31, 1953 in Suphan Buri. He had loved singing luk thung music since he was a little boy. He won many awards at local singing contests.