On 5 August 2011, Shavershian suffered a heart attack in a sauna , while on holiday in Pattaya .  He was taken to a hospital, where doctors were unable to revive him.    His family and friends placed news of his death on Facebook. His death was confirmed on 9 August 2011 by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).  An autopsy revealed a previously undiagnosed congenital heart defect .  His family stated he had shown several minor symptoms in the few months leading up to August 2011, including high blood pressure and occasional shortness of breath. He had a family history of heart problems. 
Jason Gagliardi is a subeditor and columnist at The Australian. Previously he was based for 25 years in Hong Kong then Bangkok. As a Bangkok-based freelance writer, his stories have featured in publications including Time, the Sunday Telegraph Magazine, Colors, Playboy and Sports Illustrated. Jason was later the Communications Director at boutique PR hotshop Delivering Asia Communications. He is co-author of Dorling-Kindersley’s Top 10 Guide to Hong Kong and Macau. He is a columnist for the South China Morning Post. He is also a creative consultant and copywriter with some of Bangkok's leading independent branding and advertising agencies, a sometime DJ and a one-time ballet dancer.