A psychic medium died after accidentally stabbing himself in the heart during an bungled act to prove his immortality.
Theprit Palee, 25, had been performing the traditional dance in front of spectators in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand, yesterday afternoon.
The folk ritual is believed to honour the spirits of ancestors and in previous shows he would impress onlookers by appearing superhuman when the blade broke as it was pressed against his chest.
But the well-known clairvoyant’s act went horrifically wrong when he accidentally plunged the blade inside him after it failed to snap.
Crowds gathered round the man as they attempted to revive him but he was later pronounced dead at hospital.
Resident Noom Udorn said that Theprit had provided readings for several years to local people.
He said: ‘’This is a tradition that happens every year. The sword normally breaks but this time it went inside him.
‘’The medium has been respected for many years. People love him. He is one of people’s favourites.”
Deputy Police Inspector Chaiwat Phan said they arrived at the San Kamphaeng district of the province at 3pm and found the medium bleeding.
He said: ‘’We were informed that a man armed with a knife had stabbed himself. We are coordinating with the hospital while an autopsy is performed.
‘’There were people at the scene helping Mr Palee but he died lated in hospital. He had a stab wound to the chest.’’