Tributes are paid to victim of party choking tragedy Richard Moore
Family and friends have paid tribute to a Co Antrim man who has died two weeks after choking on food at a restaurant.
It's believed that Richard Moore had been enjoying Christmas celebrations with colleagues at the Ramore wine bar in Portrush on December 11 when the tragic incident occurred.
A spokesman for the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service said crews received a call that a man was unconscious but breathing at the restaurant. But on their arrival, paramedics had to work to get him breathing again.
He was taken to the intensive care unit at the Causeway hospital, where he had worked in the IT department, and remained in a critical condition until he died on Wednesday.
Richard lived in Cloughmills with his wife Jacqui and was well known in the Ballymena and Cullybackey areas.
A keen football fan, his former team Wakehurst Star FC shared a picture of Ric 'The General' Moore on Facebook saying: "Everyone at Wakehurst FC would like to pass on their sympathy to the Moore family today as they mourn the loss of Ric. Ric has been a keen follower of the club and in particular the Strollers this season and leaves us after a short illness following a tragic accident. RIP Ric."
The Ballymena Times reported that Richard was also a passionate supporter of the Northern Ireland football team and Ulster rugby team.
Family friend John Carson said: "It is with profound sadness that l have learned of the passing of Mr Richard Moore. Although l did not know Ric so well, I have known his father Kenneth for many years.
"The loss of a loved one is difficult at any time but there is an added tinge at this time of year. To his wife Jacqui, his father Kenneth, his mother and the entire family circle I offer my sincere sympathy, and assure them of my prayerful support at this difficult time."
Hundreds of friends also expressed their sympathies online. Saranne Bartley said: "I'm so shocked & sad to hear this he was a great friend in my primary school days & a lovely fella. Thoughts & prayers are with his family."
Jill Summerwill added: "I went to school with Ric, one of the nicest, loveliest guys ever, still reeling from the news, absolutely terrible news, he will leave such a big hole in the world. xxxxxx"
Joyce Corscadden said: "We will all miss Ric so much and his lovely smile, thoughts and prayers are with all his family and friends."
Work colleague David Thompson said: "He would have walked across three aisles just to say hello to me every time in work. An absolute gentleman in every sense of the word.
"Nobody could have a bad word to say about him. Very sad news."
The Ramore Wine Bar - overlooking the Portrush harbour - is one of the most popular restaurants on the north coast.
The management of the wine bar was unavailable for comment.