Bolton man dies while on holiday in Marmaris, Turkey

The Bolton News: Dave Burke, who has died while on holiday in Turkey Dave Burke, who has died while on holiday in Turkey

A TOURIST from Bolton has died in the Turkish resort Marmaris — on what was believed to be the first day of his holiday.

David Thomas Burke, aged 50, is thought to have died after a fall at a hotel, according to Turkish media reports.

But his friends and family say they have been given no details of how he died and claim they have not heard from the friends he was on holiday with.

They added they were told that a post-mortem examination carried out at the Royal Bolton Hospital had revealed “multiple injuries” Mr Burke suffered.

Mr Burke’s body was flown back to Bolton, where he has been identified by family. Bolton Coroner’s Office has received a report of his death, although an inquest is yet to be opened.

It is believed that Mr Burke, a father-of-one, is originally from Gilnow.

He was most recently living in Bromwich Street, Bolton, and is thought to have travelled to Turkey with some people from Deane.

A family friend, who did not want to be identified, said: “We haven’t received any information. We have been fobbed off lots of times and don’t know how this has happened.

"He was on holiday with some people from Bolton and as far as we know they are still over there and we haven’t heard from them.

“You don’t just go on holiday and die on the first day, but no one is bothering to tell us anything.

“His daughter is devastated. She had to identify him and nobody should have to do that.”

Turkish news website Aksam displayed a shot of Mr Burke’s passport, alongside a report which suggests he died on June 20 after falling from the hotel where he was staying.

The report, which is written in Turkish but has had sections available to be translated into English, describes Mr Burke as suffering injuries to his “hip bone and rib” after the fall.


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The report goes on to say that after being taken to hospital by ambulance Mr Burke was in the emergency room when he “suddenly fell ill”.

It added: “He could not be saved despite the intervention of the doctor.”

The news site appears to then state that an investigation is being carried out into the death of the Bolton man and that security camera footage is being examined.

The British Honorary Consulate in Marmaris confirmed it was aware of the incident.

A spokesman said: “We are aware of the Burke case. Relevant consular assistance is given to the family.”

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10:04am Wed 2 Jul 14

templejohn says...

Shocked to read this, saw dave on the day he was leaving for

Turkey, cant believe it,, so sorry for his family..R.I.P.
Shocked to read this, saw dave on the day he was leaving for Turkey, cant believe it,, so sorry for his family..R.I.P. templejohn
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8:15pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Gman13 says...

Goodnight god bless buddy.
Goodnight god bless buddy. Gman13
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11:58pm Wed 2 Jul 14

DAUBHILL85 says...

R.I.P DAVE
SO SAD TO HEAR
CONDOLENCES TO HIS FAMILY

Hadn't seen dave for at least 15 year, last time I must have seen him was in one of the pubs at bottom of deane.
R.I.P DAVE SO SAD TO HEAR CONDOLENCES TO HIS FAMILY Hadn't seen dave for at least 15 year, last time I must have seen him was in one of the pubs at bottom of deane. DAUBHILL85
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12:18pm Thu 3 Jul 14

nthnymcnmr says...

R.I.P Burky. Such a lovely guy. God God bless buddy x
R.I.P Burky. Such a lovely guy. God God bless buddy x nthnymcnmr
  • Score: 4

9:56pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Antoniagregson says...

A lovely bloke going to be missed by everyone at Yates I'm going to miss our morning kisses burkie love you matey x
A lovely bloke going to be missed by everyone at Yates I'm going to miss our morning kisses burkie love you matey x Antoniagregson
  • Score: 4

10:47am Fri 4 Jul 14

mark foley says...

IAM SO SORRY , A REAL NICE LAD ,ALL-WAYS SMILING , R.I.P MY MATE
IAM SO SORRY , A REAL NICE LAD ,ALL-WAYS SMILING , R.I.P MY MATE mark foley
  • Score: 4

10:17pm Sun 13 Jul 14

duggy313 says...

R.I.P Burkey lad. Sad sad news
R.I.P Burkey lad. Sad sad news duggy313
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