An American man was found dead in the master bedroom of a rented apartment on the second floor of a four-storey building in Jalan Penampang Bypass around noon yesterday.

The Borneo Post reported that the deceased was identified as Thomas Whatley, 60. He was believed to have been dead for a few days before it was discovered by the apartment owner.

The woman landlord said she was informed by her neighbours of a foul smell coming from the premises for the past couple of days.

District police chief DSP Ratan Kumar Singh said police have ruled out foul play in the case and have classified it as sudden death.

He said the body was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for a post-mortem and police would contact the victim’s next of kin.