A man claiming to be a psychic died when he accidentally stabbed himself in the heart with a sword in a bungled act to prove his immortality.
Theprit Palee, 25, had been performing the traditional dance in front of spectators in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand.
The folk ritual is said to honour the spirits of ancestors and in previous shows he would impress onlookers by appearing superhuman when the blade broke as it was pressed against his chest.
But the well-known clairvoyant’s act went horrifically wrong when he plunged the blade through his rib cage after it failed to snap.
The psychic was meant to snap the blade on his chest in the act, seen in the pictures, but instead plunged the sword deep into his chest
Crowds gathered round the man as they attempted to revive him but he was later pronounced dead at hospital.
He said: ‘This is a tradition that happens every year. The sword normally breaks but this time it went inside him.
‘The medium has been respected for many years. People love him. He is one of people’s favourites.’
Deputy Police Inspector Chaiwat Phan said they arrived at the San Kamphaeng district of the province at 3pm and found the medium bleeding.
He said: ‘We were informed that a man armed with a knife had stabbed himself.
‘We are coordinating with the hospital while an autopsy is performed.
‘There were people at the scene helping Mr Palee but he died lated in hospital.
‘He had a stab wound to the chest.’