Former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra has emerged to deny rumours that he is dead.
Rumours have swept the internet in recent days that Thaksin, who has been living in self-exile, mainly in Dubai, is suffering from terminal stage cancer.
One version said he died during a chemotherapy session on Friday.
Panthongtae, his eldest son, earlier denied on his Twitter page that that his father had died, but that failed to persuade some people.
“I’m sorry [for those who invent the rumours], but I’m fine. I’m not sick. No doctors have treated me for anything,” Thaksin said in his own Twitter page around 3am yesterday.
He said he had rarely addressed the red shirt rally recently because he wanted to distance himself from the red shirt movement, to make it clear that the demonstration was purely for democracy and not for him.