Apichet Kittikorncharoen

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Panrawat Kittikorncharoen
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Background information
Birth name Apichet Kittikorncharoen
Also known as Big D2B
Born (1982-12-02)2 December 1982
Origin Thailand
Died 9 December 2007(2007-12-09) (aged 25)
Genres Pop
Years active 2001–2003 (singer)
Labels RS Promotion
Associated acts D2B

Apichet Kittikorncharoen (Thai: อภิเชษฐ์ กิตติกรเจริญ; rtgsAphichet Kittikoncharoen, name later changed to Panrawat (ปาณรวัฐ), 2 December 1982 – 9 December 2007) was a Thai singer known under the stage name Big D2B. He studied film at Bangkok University and was part of RS Promotion's trio boy band D2B.

On 22 July 2003, a car accident in which he fell into a polluted Bangkok khlong (canal) resulted in severe brain infection with multiple organisms including the Pseudallescheria boydii fungus,[1] which, despite efforts to treat him including four brain operations and medicine flown in from Australia,[2] caused extensive damage to his brain. He remained in coma for four years before finally succumbing to the illness.[3] Apichet's case, which saw throngs of fans hoping and praying for him at the hospital as well as intense media attention, helped raised awareness about the hazardous nature of Bangkok's water pollution.[4] His funeral was held for 100 days from the end of 2007 to March of the next year, and was patronised by Queen Sirikit.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hays, Kathleen (22 August 2003). "Doctor planning scholarly article on singer's treatment". The Nation. 
  2. ^ AAP (12 August 2003). "Medicine flown from Australia in bid to save Thai pop idol". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  3. ^ National News Bureau (9 December 2007). "HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn sends wreath to BIG D2B’s funeral". Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  4. ^ Perrin, Andrew (17 November 2003). "Fancy a Swim? The lethal problem with Bangkok's canals". Time. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  5. ^ สุดปลื้ม!! "พระราชินี" พระราชทานพวงมาลาหน้าศพ "บิ๊ก" (in Thai). Kom Chad Luek. 12 December 2007. Retrieved June 21, 2012.