A MAN has died and two others are in a critical condition after they travelled to Turkey for dental treatment.
Richard Molloy, 33, from Belfast, died on Saturday after travelling to Marmaris, but his cause of death remains unknown.
Two other men, also from North Belfast, are said to be fighting for their lives.
It’s reported that one of the men died while the other two were receiving treatment in hospital, according to the Belfast Telegraph.
The men were in the country to undergo a teeth whitening procedure, sources told the Guardian.
Colin Bell of the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust is helping the family in bringing the 33-year-old’s remains home.
“It’s a very difficult situation. The young fellow died out in Turkey after travelling with his two friends,” he said.
“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.”
Sinn Fein MP for North Belfast John Finucane described the tragedy as “absolutely heartbreaking”.
“It’s just a tragedy now that there is a family going to have to make plans to bring their son home to bury him,” he said.
North Belfast Sinn Fein councillor JJ Magee said the Ardoyne community was in a “state of shock”.
The Irish Department of Foreign Affairs 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.”
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One of the men in hospital has been named as Aaron Callaghan, a former player for St James’ Swifts Football Club.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to former first team player Aaron Callaghan today,” the club posted on Twitter yesterday.
“Everyone at the club are thinking of you during this time and we have both you [and] your friends within our hearts.”