Freshie Boy Sok Vireak could have been saved from suicide if the family had given US$500 to the police, a relative of the star says.
Sok Vireak, 19, was the third runner-up in TV 3’s Freshie Boy 2012 Contest, which honours the most handsome man in the nation.
On May 24, about 3:30pm, he was pronounced dead after jumping from the Cambodia-Japan Friendship Bridge in Phnom Penh, a popular spot for suicides, reportedly after being dumped by his girlfriend.
Mam Kim Eng, who claimed to be a close relative, said: “There was a fishing boat and police at the spot, but nobody could save him.
They said they would save the boy if they were given $500.” Kem Kong, the police officer in charge of the area, said that claim was untrue.
“Some people said the fishing boat asked for money to save the victim, so I think people may be confused and think that the police asked for $500.”
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