A man from England was killed in a motorcycle crash only one day after arriving on Koh Phangan in the Gulf of Thailand for a vacation.
Adnan Lotia, 36, from Northolt in England, had travelled to Koh Phangan for three weeks of boxing training after which he was due to attend a cricket tournament in Phuket. But he was injured in a crash on the island on March 27 and died that day, Britain’s Evening Standard reported on April 19.
Mr Lotia, who was described as a “keen sportsman”, was managing director of Theatre Tickets Direct, an online marketplace for West End shows.
On April 18, his aunt Tasneem and uncle Ibrahim Vallijee paid tribute to their “generous and humble” nephew. Mrs Vallijee, 41, said: “He was a very honest, generous person who cared about people. He was only ever a phone call away. Even after he moved out, we always had a very close relationship. He would come round at least once a week.”
His work was his passion, Mr Vallijee said. “Online is 24 hours so he never really switched off. But he loved travelling; he was quite adventurous.”
Mr Lotia moved from Karachi, Pakistan when he was 18 to study systems engineering at the American International University in Richmond. During his studies, he lived with his aunt and uncle in Hayes. Mr Vallijee, who flew to Bangkok to attend Mr Lotia’s funeral, said it had been his nephew’s fifth trip to Thailand.
A Foreign Office spokesman said: “We are providing support to the family of a British man who died in Thailand on March 27.”
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