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Tributes to Blackburn man, 25, in Ibiza holiday tragedy
A 25-YEAR-OLD plumber died after slipping and banging his head while on holiday in Ibiza.
Christopher Briggs, of Blackburn, was found dead by his best friend hours after returning from a night out in the Balearic island party resort of San Antonio.
He was on holiday with seven friends when his body was discovered in his hotel bathroom.
Devastated parents Stephen and Susan said their ‘wonderful’ son had been looking forward to the break for a year.
Stephen, of Horden View, who also worked with his son, said: “Everybody liked Chris. He was an easy-going, nice lad.
“Chris was an optimist too, to the extent that he had got his season ticket for Blackburn Rovers, thinking they were going to do great things.
“He was really looking forward to the holiday.
“We worked together for the last time on last Tuesday on a bathroom in Manchester and he was really made up about going away.
“What has happened is just a horrible thing.”
The couple said they were receiving help from the British Consulate in Ibiza and they were expecting Chris’s body to be flown home in the next couple of days.
Stephen said: “The police came round to see us on Sunday afternoon. They knocked quite loudly on the door and I just knew.
“But you never dream of this happening. It is something you never think you will experience.
“It is devastating losing your son, but I have also lost the person I worked with every day.
“Nobody would say anything ill of him, he was very, very popular. All our customers loved him. He just enjoyed life.”
Former Witton Park High School pupil Chris, who was known as Briggsy to friends, had been due to spend a week on the island staying at the two-star Hostal Apolo, in Francisco de Goya Street.
Best friend Paul Burke, of Livesey Branch Road, Blackburn, said the group had gone home early at around 1.30am after a few drinks as they were going to see Swedish DJ Avicii the next night and did not want to be too tired.
The 24-year-old Volkswagen Group parts adviser said: “I walked back to the room from the West End with Briggsy.
“We had been to Cafe Mambo to watch the sun set and then we went for a few beers.
“When we were walking, he seemed fine and we were talking.
“When we got back, I brushed my teeth and then we went to bed and started chatting about where we were going to watch the Rovers match.
“Then we fell asleep. I woke up in the middle of the night to go to the toilet and Briggsy was still asleep.
“But when I woke up again at about 8.30am, he was on the floor.
“I could not wake him and there was blood on his head. I woke the other lads and we ran downstairs to ring the ambulance.”
Chris’s friends decided to cut their holiday short and arrived home three days earlier than planned.
Paul said: “None of us wanted to stay, we just wanted to get home.
“Everybody is in shock. We are all really close friends.
“Briggsy got on with everybody and everybody liked him.
“He loved his football and played five-a-side at the Soccerdome three times a week.
“He was sensible and quiet, but he liked to have a laugh with all his friends. Everybody will miss him so much.”
School friend Kimberley Hannon said: “Chris was like a big brother to me and always looked after me in school.
“He would do anything for his mates. It is just hard to think he is gone. He will be missed loads.”
A spokesman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: “We are providing consular assistance to the family at this difficult time.”
Blackburn, Hyndburn and Ribble Valley coroner Michael Singleton said he had been made aware of a death in Ibiza.
Antonio Montaluo, a spokesman for the Civil Guard, in Ibiza, said: “We are waiting on autopsy results, but it appears that Christopher Briggs fell in his apartment.
“He hit his head and died.”
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