A British tourist has died while on holiday on the island of Koh Tao in Thailand. Luke Miller, 27, from Newport, Isle of Wight, was found dead in a swimming pool on the same island where two backpackers from the UK were stabbed to death by two Burmese men in 2014.
His death comes just days after he told friends and family on Facebook that he was 'living the dream' in Asia. "Can honestly say this new year I am living the dream of to the full moon party on a speed boat drink cocktails strawberry daiquiris living life to the full yolo so let's do this," he wrote.'
Mr Miller flew to Thailand with a friend from the Isle of Wight on December 22 for a five-week holiday, according to The Telegraph.
Friends have paid tribute to Mr Miller, describing his death as a "shock". Joanne Doe wrote: "To think we were enjoying your photos seeing you live the holiday of a lifetime. This is such a shock. "Will never forget that mental Christmas party at ours! At least you were living life to the full. Thoughts are with your family right now and Erin Laird xxxx RIP Luke Miller."
The circumstances around Luke Miller's death remain unclear, as investigations began yesterday (8 January) when his body was found.
A Foreign Office spokesman 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."
A fundraising page has been set up to raise money to return Mr Miller's body to the UK.
British backpackers Hannah Witheridge, 23, and David Miller, 24, were murdered on Koh Tao in September 2014. Ms Witheridge had been savagely raped and beaten to death and Mr Miller had been beaten unconscious and left to drown in the incoming tide.
A cleaner heading home in the early hours of the morning of September 15, 2014, came across their battered bodies on Sairee Beach. Bar workers Zaw Lin and Wai Phyo, also known as Win Zaw Htun, were found guilty of their murders.