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British holidaymaker, 29, dies on British Airways flight to Antigua with his mother

Daily Mail:

Police are investigating the sudden death of a 29-year-old holidaymaker after falling  unconscious on BA flight to Antigua. 

The British man reportedly died after becoming ‘unresponsive’ on the flight to the Caribbean island with his 65-year-old mother. 

The unnamed man was immediately rushed to hospital following his arrival at Antigua and Barbuda’s V.C. Bird International Airport.

However, the man, who is believed to be from London, was later pronounced dead at 6.37pm on June 22. 

His mother reportedly told police her son had been hospitalised multiple times, including in nearby St Kitts and Nevis, after being diagnosed with multiple serious health conditions.

Police officers reportedly found no marks of violence on the body of man after visiting the Sir Lester Bird Medical Centre, and said no foul play is suspected. 

Local authorities were notified of the death by a hospital doctor, who contacted the Criminal Investigations Department.  

A spokesman from the airport, said that the man’s 65-year-old mother told the Police that her son had been diagnosed with hypotension, DM Type 1, and ulcerative colitis.

In an interview, police learned that the woman and her son had been in St. Kitts and Nevis and, while there, the young man had fallen ill and been hospitalised.

He spent five days in the Intensive Care Unit of the Joseph N. France General Hospital, in St Kitts where he was further diagnosed with sepsis and blood poisoning.

He had received IV fluid, antibiotics and insulin as treatment, the mother said, as she noted her son had become dehydrated and was losing weight rapidly.

She said he also had a habit of discharging himself from various hospitals, the most recent being the one in St. Kitts and Nevis.

Coroner Joanne Walsh was informed of the man’s death and gave permission for the body to be removed to Barnes Funeral Home for storage, on request of the family. 

A police spokesman said: ‘We are investigating this incident like we investigate all incidents of this nature.’ 

‘However, foul play is not suspected at this stage and we will be working with the family and will be cooperating with them fully.’ 

‘We offer our condolences to the mother and the rest of the family. Imagine coming to our beautiful island and to end up like this. It is so sad. Our sympathy is with the family.’

A UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office spokesperson said: ‘We are assisting the family of a British man who died in Antigua and Barbuda.’ 

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British Airways was contacted for comment.  

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