The managing director of Tata Motors, Karl Slym, was killed this past weekend, reportedly suffering a fall at a Bangkok hotel. Slym was in Thailand for a meeting with the board of director's for Tata's Thai outfit. The 51-year-old Brit joined Tata in October 2012, according to a report from the BBC, but he was also a veteran of Toyota in the UK and General Motors in India and China.

As managing director, Slym's responsibilities extended across the Tata empire, although they didn't include the resurgent Jaguar and Land Rover brands. Instead, Slym was brought in to help the main Tata brand's manufacturing, sales and distributions, according to the BBC.

Tata's chairman, Cyrus P. Mistry, called Slym "a valued colleague who was providing strong leadership at a challenging time for the Indian auto industry." Tata released the following statement:

Tata Motors deeply regrets to announce the untimely and tragic demise of its Managing Director, Karl Slym, in Bangkok earlier today. Karl Slym was in Bangkok to attend a meeting of the Board of Directors of Tata Motors Thailand Ltd.

Karl Slym joined Tata Motors in October 2012, and was providing leadership to the company through a challenging market environment. The company shares in the grief of Karl Slym's wife and family at their irreparable loss.


"In this hour of grief, our thoughts are with Karl's wife and family," Mistry said.

UPDATE: CNN is reporting that police are treating Slym's death as "being treated as a possible suicide." The story also indicates a note may have been found.


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      Will
      • 10 Months Ago
      odd that the thai police initially reported that he'd last his footing and now theres talk of a suicide note. Balconies in Thailand or notoriously low and foreigners are always falling to their deaths. Seems strange that a man would take his life at the peak of his career.
      Avinash Machado
      • 10 Months Ago
      May he rest in peace.
      design eye
      • 10 Months Ago
      He fell from the 22nd floor to a 4th floor balcony. Reminds me of Gordon Brown falling while stretching to take a photo, from the Lorelei in Germany in 1983. It turned out to be suicide. RIP
      RGT881
      • 10 Months Ago
      Read a comment about this death on jalopnik and apparently Thailand is quite a hotspot for tourists wishing to commit suicide. I proceeded to do more research and it turns out to be true.
      kchang1@gmail.com
      • 10 Months Ago
      I guess his life is like saying good-bye.. Tata! Too soon?
      Jason
      • 10 Months Ago
      Sounds like he went the same way as David Carradine.
      Porschetr
      • 10 Months Ago
      Police: Slym's death as "being treated as a possible suicide." Reporter: How did you conclude that officer? Police: He was driving a Tata.
        KEVIN PAUL
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Porschetr
        And you are complete a$$..le since you are driving people insane
      DC Mike
      • 10 Months Ago
      I f'ing HATE the highly polished marble floors that they put in high end hotel bathrooms. I don't know if that's what caused his death, but I'd put a dollar on it. It's moronic... who keeps thinking that an absolutely smooth polished stone floor is a good idea for a place where you're likely to have bare wet feet? Looks great... but hard on the arse.
        kee.randy
        • 10 Months Ago
        @DC Mike
        So you think he slipped in the bathroom and somehow flew out the window?
        cantera.developments
        • 10 Months Ago
        @DC Mike
        DC Mike - when you say hard on the arse, is that in reference to you ? And yes I know what you mean Japanese hotel bathrooms are like that, but then again the walls ad floor, can't be made of corduroy or sponge foam and wood is impractical.
      Johnny Lingo
      • 10 Months Ago
      How sad. His wife was staying with him at the hotel when it happened. They had been married 30 years. Local police suspect that Mr. Slym took his own life. The window he fell from was too small to have accidentally fallen through and there was no sign of struggle.
      redgpgtp97
      • 10 Months Ago
      Hope he didn't die in a Nano....
      Ken Mam
      • 10 Months Ago
      Hmm... Sounds very fishy here. Bangkok is shady place, more so then Singapore or shanghai. I'm suspecting foul play here. Maybe a rival company hired a hit man to take him out. At this point- nothing can be determined.
        imoore
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Ken Mam
        I've read elsewhere that at least two other Tata execs committed suicide in recent years, with one at this same hotel. And, Tata's automobile business isn't doing that great outside of the commercial vehicle and Jaguar/Land Rover units. You may be right, Ken. Suicide or something sinister?
      funguy6713
      • 10 Months Ago
      On the news outlets, it said that he left a 3 Page suicide note...RIP
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