Singer, actor, screenwriter, director and producer Surin Charoenpura, better known by his stage name Ruj Ronnapop (รุจน์ รณภพ), died on Sunday at age 78.
He was the father of three actresses: Mai Charoenpura, "Sai" Inthira Charoenpura and Vipvadee Charoenpura.
Born in Nakhon Si Thammarat, Ruj Ronnapop's career spanned five decades. His directorial efforts included 1987's enduring class-conflict and romantic drama Ban Sai Thong and the 1988 version of the wartime romance Koo Kam (Destiny), which starred Waruth Woratum and Jintara Sukkapat.
The cremation ceremony will be at Wat Pra Sri Mahathat, where bathing rites were held Sunday afternoon.
The Bangkok Post and The Nation reported that he died of a stroke. The Nation said he'd been suffering diabetes and Parkinsons.