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Couple die days apart in balcony plunges

By Jonathan Brown

Four children have been orphaned after their parents plunged to their deaths in near-identical tragedies days apart while on holiday in Morocco.

Mathilde Lamb (44), known as Tilly, died after she fell from the third floor of a rented apartment in the city of Essaouira last week.

On Sunday night her husband Roger (47) - who had been working in New Zealand - fell from a balcony at a nearby hotel and died in hospital. Mrs Lamb's brother-in-law, Mark Rogerson, said the couple's four sons, aged between nine and 16, were now back in the UK and being looked after by relatives.

Mr Rogerson added: "Roger and Tilly's families are deeply shocked and saddened.

"Our principal concern at the moment is to provide love and support to their sons who have had to suffer the loss of a mother and a father."

Police have yet to confirm whether they are treating the incidents as accident or suicide.

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