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Tributes to Briton who died 'living the dream' in Thailand

Published 09/01/2016

The Foreign Office said it is providing assistance
The Foreign Office said it is providing assistance

A young British tourist has died while on holiday on an island in Thailand.

Friends have paid tribute to Luke Miller, who has died in the island of Koh Tao.

His death comes just days after he posted a New Year's Eve message on Facebook in which he told how he was "living the dream".

He wrote: "Can honestly say this new year I am living the dream of to the full moon party on a speed boat drink cocktails strawberry daiquiris living life to the full yolo so let's do this."

Joanne Doe wrote: "To think we were enjoying your photos seeing you live the holiday of a lifetime. This is such a shock. Will never forget that mental Christmas party at ours! At least you were living life to the full. Thoughts are with your family right now and Erin Laird xxxx RIP Luke Miller."

A Foreign Office spokesman said: "We are providing assistance to the family of a British national who has died in Koh Tao, Thailand. Local authorities are investigating the death and we will remain in contact with them."

A fundraising page has been set up to raise money to bring Mr Miller's body back to the UK. By 5pm more than £5,000 had been raised.

British backpackers Hannah Witheridge, 23, and David Miller, 24, were brutally murdered on a beach on the island in September 2014.

Miss Witheridge, from Hemsby in Norfolk, had been raped before she was killed, while Mr Miller, from Jersey, had been hit over the head before drowning in the sea.

Bar workers Zaw Lin and Wai Phyo, also known as Win Zaw Htun, were found guilty of their murders.

Brad Cotton wrote on Facebook: "R.I.P big brother Luke Miller, I love you forever and always you April Fool."

He added: "I would like to thank you all for all your support its been such a hard day for the whole family, my mum is so distraught and trying to support her is so hard but it's something I need to do, I might give Facebook a break for a few days just to focus on my family, Thankyou again."

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