Poom Jensen

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Poom Jensen
Born Bhumi Jensen
(1983-08-16)August 16, 1983
San Diego, California, U.S.
Died 26 December 2004(2004-12-26) (aged 21)
Khao Lak, Thailand
Parents

Poom Jensen (Thai: พุ่ม เจนเซน; RTGS: Phum; August 16, 1983 – December 26, 2004), born Bhumi Jensen (also spelled Poomi Jensen,[1][2][3] Thai: ภูมิ เจนเซน; RTGS: Phum) was a grandson of King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, after whom he was named. He was the son of the king's eldest daughter, Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya, and her American (former) husband Peter Ladd Jensen.[4] Khun Poom, as he was commonly known, had autism. Jensen's condition brought about much awareness of autism in Thailand. He attended Kasetsart University Laboratory School in Bangkok.

Jensen drowned after being struck by the tsunami on December 26, 2004, while he and his family were on holiday at the La Flora Resort hotel in Khao Lak.[5] His body was discovered on the beach the day following the tsunami. His uncle, Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, identified the body and piloted the family back to Bangkok.[6] On 30 April 2005, he was given a royal funeral attended by his grandfather the King and virtually every member of the Royal Family. Princess Ubol Ratana established the Khun Poom Foundation in his memory, to aid children with autism and other learning disabilities. She also founded "To Be Number One Project" to campaign against drug usage among teenagers.[7]

Honors[edit]

  • King Rama IX Royal Cypher Medal (Thailand) ribbon.png King Rama IX Royal Cypher Medal (First Class)

Ancestry[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "IN RE MARRIAGE OF JENSEN". Leagle. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "IN RE: the MARRIAGE of Julie and Peter JENSEN.". FindLaw. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Prince dies in tsunami, was grad of Torrey Pines". The San Diego Union-Tribune. December 30, 2004. Retrieved 19 September 2010. 
  4. ^ "Royal Family of Thailand". www.worldwhoswho.com. Retrieved 12 August 2008. 
  5. ^ Liu, Caitlin; Tony Perry (December 29, 2004). "Thais Saddened by the Death of Young Prince". Los Angeles Times (in English) (Los Angeles). Retrieved 23 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "Khun Poom Jensen, Son of Princess Ubolratana". Soravij.com. Retrieved 24 November 2007. 
  7. ^ His Majesty the King of Thailand has inspired Members of his own Family to be actively involved in development projects.[dead link]