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British tourist Luke Ramage found dead in Thailand hotel room



Police in Thailand are investigating the death of a British tourist in Bangkok, the Foreign Office has said.

The holidaymaker – who has been identified by grieving friends as Luke Ramage – had reportedly only just arrived at his hotel when he was found unresponsive on his bed by a receptionist.

According to his Facebook page, Mr Ramage – who was from the town of Consett in County Durham and worked for a cleaning company – arrived in Thailand on 14 December.

He checked in at Dubai International airport in the early hours and touched down in Bangkok later in the day, with his last recorded activity at the Crowne Plaza Bangkok Lumpini Park.

The Sun reported that the 31-year-old was staying at the nearby Bavana Hotel, which is a short walk away, but had not unpacked his luggage when he was found and the room safe was left open.

Mr Ramage was from Consett in County Durham. Pic: Facebook
Mr Ramage was from Consett in County Durham. Pic: Facebook

One of his final Facebook posts on 14 December featured a picture of him and his travelling companions along with the caption: “Lads on tour.”

Among the friends to have commented are Julie Payne, who described his death as “heartbreaking”, and Jade Storey, who said she “can’t honestly believe this is happening”.

“I love you to the moon and back Luke, you were my bro from another mother,” she added.

“I still think I’m going to see you again, this is the crazy thing. It’s not sank in at all. Love you forever, my man.”

The Foreign Office said: “Our staff are supporting the family of a British man following his death in Thailand.

“We continue to do all they can for them, and remain in contact with the Thai authorities.”

The death is the latest incident involving foreign nationals to have unfolded in Thailand.

In June, a British teenager told reporters she believed she was drugged, raped and robbed on the island of Koh Tao by someone who spiked her drink.

Police dismissed the claims in October after their investigation found no supporting evidence, adding that the 19-year-old had not been able to provide key details about where the alleged incident took place, how it unfolded or a detailed description of the suspect.

And back in 2014, British tourists Hannah Witheridge and David Miller were beaten to death on a Koh Tao beach.

Two Burmese workers were convicted of their deaths, but protesters in Myanmar said they were scapegoats.

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