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The daughter of a British couple who both died suddenly while on holiday in Egypt has accused authorities of showing an “immoral” lack of assistance to her family. 

John Cooper, 69, and his wife Susan, 63, both died within hours of each other after they fell ill on a family holiday to Hurghada on the Red Sea in August 2018.

The couple from Burnley in Lancashire were both in good health before their deaths, according to their family.

At a pre-inquest review in Preston the coroner explained that vital paperwork in Egypt has still not been sent to his office.

John and Susan Cooper died within hours of each other
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John and Susan Cooper died within hours of each other

The couple’s daughter Kelly Ormerod, who was on the holiday with her parents, said: “I’m not surprised by the lack of co-operation from the Egyptian authorities.

“From the tragedy of both my parents dying to today no compassion or humanity has been shown – the lack of assistance is immoral.

“My aspiration now is to find who is responsible for the deaths of my mum and dad, what was the cause of death, who is answerable and has a duty of care been breached?”

A statement from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office revealed that British diplomats and consular staff have made at least 13 requests in Egypt for the relevant documents.

A public health expert who will be assisting the inquest process has indicated that an “infectious agent or toxic chemical” could be behind the deaths and that concurrent deaths due to natural causes was unlikely.

Holiday operator Thomas Cook and the hotel operators were both represented at the pre-inquest hearing.

Previously Thomas Cook said in a statement it was “deeply saddened” by the deaths and was carrying out an investigation into what happened.

The coroner said he would hold a further pre-inquest hearing before the full hearings could proceed.

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