TRIBUTES have been paid to a young Wigan father after his shock death in Thailand.
Peter Nicholson arrived in Bangkok for a break with several mates at the weekend but tragedy struck just hours later.
This is a terrible shock to us. Peter was a lovely guy who had everything to live for
It is believed that the friends raised the alarm with staff at the hotel at which they were staying when they failed to get a response to knocks on his room door.
Using a master key to get in, the employees found the Beech Hill 29-year-old collapsed and medics were unable to revive him.
Although details from the authorities are very sketchy at this stage it is not thought that there are any suspicious circumstances surrounding Mr Nicholson’s death.
On Monday shocked family and friends gathered at the Prince of Wales pub on Woodhouse Lane to toast his memory and also discuss repatriation matters.
However, when approached they said they were too shocked and distressed to pay tribute publicly at the moment.
A friend of Mr Nicholson’s mother Irene said: “She is absolutely distraught. This has come as a complete shock.”
Word broke of the death on social media on Monday morning.
One neighbour, who did not wish to be identified, said: “This is a terrible shock to us.
“Peter was a lovely guy who had everything to live for.”
Mr Nicholson’s own Facebook page shows that it was only a few weeks ago that he was last in Thailand when he visited Bangkok, Phuket and Phi Phi Island, but he had been home to see family in the meantime, including his young daughter.
Those who knew Mr Nicholson, who had latterly been living in Whelley, also paid tribute on Facebook.
Gemma Speakman wrote: “Gone but never forgotten R.I.P Pey always in our hearts.”
Melissa Marie Atherton said: “So so so sad still cant get me head round why.”
And Elaine Cross added: “R.i.p pey you were a lovely lad.”
Debbie King wrote: “Sad news, such a shame...my thoughts are with his family and friends.”
Samantha Cook said: “Rip. God bless taken far to young.”
And Michelle Sherburn added: “So sad. Thoughts are with his
A Foreign Office spokesman said: “We were informed of the death of a British national in Thailand on June 1 and we stand ready to provide consular assistance.”
A spokesman for Bolton Coroner’s Court said that it had yet to be notified of Mr Nicholson’s death.