A 27-year-old man has tragically died while on a “holiday of a lifetime” in Thailand just days after celebrating the New Year.
Luke Miller flew out to Thailand from Heathrow Airport for five weeks with a friend on 22 December, but sadly he died while on the Island of Koh Tao with three friends – the same island where British backpackers Hannah Witheridge and David Miller were murdered in September 2014.
The full circumstances surrounding the death are currently unknown. However, the Foreign Office have confirmed that local authorities are investigating the death.
Mr Miller posted on his Facebook page just days ago saying that he was “living life to the full”. On 30 December, he mentioned “mushroom shakes”, referring to psychedelic mushrooms containing psilocybin that induce hallucinations and can be illegally bought on many Thai islands. However, dying from a psilocybin overdose alone is highly unlikely.
In a statement issued on Friday, a spokesperson for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has said: “We are providing assistance to the family of a British national who has died in Koh Tao, Thailand. Local authorities are investigating the death, and we will remain in contact with them.”
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- January 9, 2016: "Briton Dies in Hotel Pool on Koh Tao; Police Rule Out Murder" (khaosodenglish.com)
- January 10, 2016: "Backpacker Luke Miller 'drowned in pool'" (bbc.com)