Ryu Athit, a Thai idol from the 1990s, is currently homeless and working as a roadside vendor.

Ryu Athit, formerly known as Arthit Taongsawatrat, was once a teen idol, but 15 years after leaving the entertainment industry, his fortunes have not improved.

In the 1990s, the former actor, who entered the entertainment industry at 14, was the face of Thai idol plays. He was well-liked by advertisers and the general public, endorsing various goods.

Unfortunately, Ryu had mental health issues and was given a bipolar disorder diagnosis. He was described at the time as “insane and mentally unsound” in reports.