Buddhist monk dies in northern Vietnam; cause still unknown

By Ngoc Khanh, Thanh Nien News

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Police in the northern province of Hai Duong near Hanoi said Wednesday that a Buddhist monk of a local pagoda was found dead in his bedroom two days earlier.
Do Long Van, the spokesperson of Hai Duong’s Police Department, said Thich Thanh Huy, the 40-year-old chief monk of Quang Minh Pagoda in Nam Sach District, was buried at the pagoda on Wednesday morning.
At around 8 p.m. on Monday, Buddhist followers visited pagoda and did not see him. Some monks came to his bedroom and found that the door was still locked from the inside.
They called the police, who broke in and found his dead body, which had started to decay, on the floor.
Police said there was a rope next to him, and his neck had bruises.
They also found some equipment often used by methamphetamine users, and a plastic bag containing white substances suspected to be methamphetamine.
But they did not reveal if they had tested the substances. 
According to Thanh Nien sources, Huy once put up an altar to worship himself in his private room.
In 2012, he committed suicide but was saved.
Some locals told Thanh Nien they knew he had been using drugs.

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