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A 33-year-old British man has died and two others are in a critical condition after they travelled to Turkey for dentist work.
Richard Molloy, 33, of North Belfast, flew out to Turkey with two friends for dental treatment and tragically died on Saturday after travelling to Marmaris, but his exact cause of death is still unknown.
Two other men – named locally as Declan Carson and Aaron Callaghan, also from North Belfast – are said to be fighting for their lives in hospital.
The Irish Department of Foreign Affairs has said it is providing consular assistance.
A spokesperson for the UK Foreign Office said: “We are supporting the family of a British man who has died in Turkey and we are in contact with the Turkish authorities.”
Colin Bell from the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust is assisting the family in bringing Mr Molloy’s remains home.
“It’s a very difficult situation. The young fellow died out in Turkey after travelling with his two friends,” he told the Belfast Telegraph.
“I understand they had been travelling out for dental treatment, we don’t know how it happened but it ended up with Richard dying and the other two lads being seriously ill.”
He added: “At this stage his sister has flown out and she’s been put in touch with the funeral company who are looking after Richard’s repatriation.”
Mr Callaghan is a former player for St James’ Swifts Football Club.
Last week, he tweeted a picture of the three men basking in sunshine in the sea, writing: "How's your Friday."
His former football club wrote on Twitter: “Our thoughts and prayers go out to former first team player Aaron Callaghan today.
“Everyone at the club are thinking of you during this time and we have both you (and) your friends within our hearts.”
A friend wrote on Facebook: "Can not get you out of my head Aaron Callaghan and the other two! Really don’t know the minute, you have to pull through this too much of the world to see and plans made, prayers with them all."
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