Sunday 18 March 2018

Man (43) dies of heatstroke after falling asleep on sun lounger in 30 degree heat

Mare Nostrum Hotel in Ibiza
Mare Nostrum Hotel in Ibiza

David Kearns

A holidaymaker was found dead on a sun lounger after suffering fatal heatstroke while dozing by a pool.

The body of Neil Murphy (43) was discovered by other tourists and hotel staff less than 24 hours after he had arrived in Ibiza.

The British salesman had flown out to the party island for an all-inclusive solo break on August 12 but was found motionless on a sunbed the following day, an inquest heard.

The 43-year-old was discovered by staff from the Mare Nostrum Hotel in Playa Da En Bossa, where he was staying.

An inquest at Birmingham Coroner’s Court said it was “clear from the evidence” that Mr Murphy had died of heatstroke.

Temperatures recorded on the day of the salesman’s death reached highs of 30C, and August is the hottest month in Ibiza.

Mr Murphy, from Sheldon, Birmingham, had excitedly posted on Facebook how he had was looking forward to the break, which he had booked for £924 (€1216).

“Sun and Space!!! A nice week away in Ibiza. Roll on August 12th. It’s going to be fun… first time away for a few years and can’t wait for it.

“Been before on my own and it’s always good. I’ve always said that the only club I could ever be ***** going to would be Space and it’s only up the road from the hotel. So it’ll be rude not to go to it,” he wrote.

Friends and family paid tribute to Mr Murphy on social media, writing "We miss you more and more as time goes on."

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