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Antrim man's wife Jane Hill dies on the Canary Islands

Dad-of-three says cause of death is not yet confirmed

By Colin O'Carroll

A father-of-three from Northern Ireland who runs a bar in the Canary Islands is mourning the sudden death of his wife.

Jon Michael Hill's wife Jane ran the Flower of Scotland on the island of Fuerteventura.

She died last week, leaving Mr Hill, who is originally from Newtownabbey in Co Antrim, to try and console his children.

Speaking from the Canaries last night, Mr Hill said the cause of his wife's death had not yet been confirmed and did not want to speak as he was grieving.

People from Northern Ireland and across the world have been posting tributes to Jane. One friend, Sonya Elston, posted on Mr Hill's Facebook page: "My thoughts and prayers are with you and your beautiful children. Jane was a beautiful person inside and out and no one will ever know why she left.

"She is in a much better place now. She will always shine down and look after you and the kids. You are an amazing Dad and the three kids will grow to be as beautiful and strong as their Mum and Dad. Stay Strong Jon."

The news of the sudden death on Tuesday of last week only surfaced after Jon offered his tickets and accommodation for the Euro football finals, which he had been planning to attend.

He posted: "Anyone wanting to go to France for Euro 2016 send me a message. Three tickets for Northern Ireland group games plus 15 nights hotel with bed and breakfast and evening meal and all travel to games and fan zones and day trips arranged to places of interest. Also I paid for a single room supplement as I didn't want to share. Everything has been paid for already.

"I won't be travelling due to the tragic news I have had as I need to be here for my kids."

Paul Rice posted: "So sorry Jon. If it wasn't for you and Jane, me and Gayle would never be together. This is heart breaking God bless xx."

Jennie Oliver also wrote: "A beautiful lady who will be greatly missed. Love to you, kids and family xx."

Wendy Carruthers said: "To Jon and the children my thoughts and love are with you all xxxx. RIP Jane you will be sadly missed safe in God's arms."

Deborah Calvert sent a message to Jon reading: "Thinking of you and your whole family at this sad time Xx."

Mags McIntosh wrote: "Thoughts and prayers are with you, Lucy, Mason & Marcus xx."

And Linda Loob Maitland posted: "Thinking of you, kids and family, so sad xxx."

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