By Rachel Harvey
South East Asia Correspondent, BBC News
Mr Samak's political career ended because of a cooking show
One of Thailand's most colourful politicians, Samak Sundaravej, has died in Bangkok after a long battle with cancer.
Mr Samak, who was 74, briefly held the post of prime minister in 2008, a period dogged by street protests.
It was the unlikely issue of a cookery programme that ultimately led to his political downfall.
Mr Samak's premiership came during a political crisis following the 2006 coup which deposed Thaksin Shinawatra.
Sharp tongued, a passionate royalist and prone to explosive rants, Samak Sundaravej was a colourful character on Thailand's political stage.
His career spanned four decades, including cabinet posts in several governments, both military and civilian, and a stint as the governor of Bangkok.
But it was Mr Samak's short lived tenure as prime minister for which he will probably be best remembered.
He led a coalition government made up largely of supporters of Thaksin Shinawatra, the fugitive former prime minister, who was ousted in a coup in 2006.
Mr Samak found himself the new focus of anti-Thaksin sentiment. Tens of thousands of protestors took to the streets to demand his resignation.
But Mr Samak hung on - until, that is, he took part in a television cookery show which he had often presented in the past.
A court ruled that since Mr Samak had accepted money for the appearance whilst serving as prime minister, he was guilty of a conflict of interest.
Nine months after coming to power, Mr Samak was forced to step down - an ignominious end to a roller-coaster political career.