Pensioner Giacomo Smedile was killed by a dead branch that snapped and fell on him in Thailand
Holidaymaker Giacomo Smedile, 91, was walking along the sea front on Sunday evening when a thick, 10ft long branch snapped down from a tree in Pattaya, Thailand.
Frail Giacomo pushed his 49-year-old Thai girlfriend out of the way, but was then struck on the head and was killed instantly.
Police and rescue workers rushed to the scene and found his body in a pool of blood as his heartbroken lover desperately tried to revived him.
Giacomo horrified girlfriend – who did not want to be named – told police they had left their rented apartment for an evening walk when they heard the sound of falling branches.
His female friend said that he had pushed her out of the way of the falling branches
Sawang Boriboon Thammasatarn charity foundation
She said: ''We were almost home when it happened. I turned around and he was lying dead on the floor.
''He was fit and healthy. He was still very active. I am shocked.''
A spokesman from the Sawang Boriboon Thammasatarn charity foundation said the tourist had been hit on the head and suffered severe bleeding.
It is understood the 91-year-old jumped in to save his girlfriend from the branch
He was pronounced dead and taken to a nearby hospital.
They added: ''His female friend said that he had pushed her out of the way of the falling branches.
''He was struck on the head and pronounced dead at the scene.''
The man suffered severe bleeding after being hit on the head
Thai police ruled the death a tragic accident death, but offered compensation to the family
Apichai Klobpetch, chief of Pattaya Police Station, said that workers who trim tree branches along the popular sea front ''may have missed'' the one that killed Giacomo.
He added: ''The branch was already dead, and it was windy, so it fell down. They look out for these branches. They might have not seen this one, or they might have overlooked it.''
Police said the death was an accident but would offer compensation to Giacomo's family and had informed the Italian embassy.