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Actor’s son leaps from 16th floor

The son of a prominent tycoon publicly committed suicide on Saturday evening by jumping from the 16th floor of a Phnom Penh apartment block after years of battling with drug addiction.

The man crashed through the roof of a neighbour’s house, startling her as she watched TV.

Twenty-five-year-old Huy Chhin – the son of Oknha Huy Koeng, a former actor and producer – jumped off of a Tuol Kork district condo building, according to police.

Chhin’s family said he had been taken to rehab multiple times before his death, and had warned people that he planned to take his own life.

Factory worker Ny Soeurn was watching television when Chhin fell into her home.

“I heard a loud noise and I thought it was a gas explosion. But right away [I realised] a man had broken my roof and fallen right behind me,” she said.

“I am still in shock. I’ve never seen anything like that before. I’m afraid to go into my house now.”

Soeurn said that she was waiting for Chhin’s family to pay for necessary repairs.

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