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Published 30/06/2015

Philip Heathcote and his wife, Allison, had flown to Tunisia to celebrate their wedding anniversary
Philip Heathcote and his wife, Allison, had flown to Tunisia to celebrate their wedding anniversary

A 52-year-old man who flew to Tunisia with his wife to celebrate their wedding anniversary has been confirmed dead, his brother-in-law has said.

Philip Heathcote, who lived in Felixstowe, Suffolk, and was originally from Manchester, had been missing feared dead since Friday.

His wife, Allison Heathcote, 48, is in an induced coma after also being shot while on the beach at Sousse and family have flown out to be with her.

The couple were due to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary yesterday.

Last night her brother Simon Boon read a statement to ITV Anglia saying: "I have spoken to my nephew, James, and Philip Heathcote has now been identified and confirmed as one of those who sadly died as a result of the shooting.

"Philip originally comes from Manchester and I am sure his family living there will want to pay their own tributes. The thoughts of our family go out to them all as we, together, grieve this awful loss."

Mr Boon added: "For 30 years, Philip has shown my sister love, care and loyalty that was second to none.

"Philip was truly Allison's soulmate and they did everything together, sharing the same interests life offered."

Mr Boon said his sister was "currently stable" but will remain in hospital in Tunisia.

Earlier he said: "I love Allison with all of my heart and would do anything for her, however here I am feeling helpless."

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