Jason Roche, longtime manager of Pattaya’s Sapphire Club, died suddenly and unexpectedly June 14 at the age of 51, leaving those who knew him shocked and grieving.
The cause of death for Roche, originally from the U.K., was not disclosed. His death comes only two months after another of his legendary birthday parties.
Before finding his home at Sapphire, Roche worked in numerous go-go bars, including the former Sweethearts, imbuing each with his “party animal” spirit and unique charm. His loss has left a deep void in the heart of Pattaya’s vibrant night scene.
“It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts that we inform you of the death of our colleague and friend, Jason Roche,” read a statement from Sapphire Club posted to Facebook. “Jason passed away unexpectedly earlier today. We will all miss him more than words can express. Let’s all remember Jason for the warmth and laughter that brightened many of our days.”
Tributes to Jason Roche
Tributes poured in on social media for Jason Roche, painting a picture of a man who was a true gentleman, a consummate host, and a beautiful person. Jeff Birst fondly remembered Roche’s warm greeting: a big smile, a hug or a hearty handshake, and a genuine inquiry into his well-being. “Such a nice guy. He will be missed greatly,” Birst wrote on Facebook.
Others, like Simon Chapman, highlighted Jason Roche’s playful nature. “Won’t be same in Sapphire without him forcing awful shots on us all,” he wrote, echoing the sentiments of many who were touched by Roche’s unforgettable personality.
“RIP to a unique, one-of-a-kind, funny and witty friend who had time for everyone,” wrote Chris Edge. Roche’s persona shone through as a “legend” in hundreds of comments posted to Sapphire Club’s Facebook page.
Roche is survived by his mother Pat, his children Stacey and Dale, and his grandchildren. His children, currently based in the U.K., have started a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds for their journey to Thailand to bid their final farewells to their father.