A Thomas Cook worker ‘died of grief’ hours after her husband was killed by a heart attack on a ‘trip of a lifetime’ holiday in Egypt.
Susan Cooper, 63, and her husband John Cooper, 69, were on a Thomas Cook holiday at the Steigenberger Aqua Magic hotel in the Red Sea resort town of Hurghada.
Mr Cooper, who ran his own building company in their hometown of Burnley, had a heart attack and was rushed to hospital where he died on Tuesday.
Mrs Cooper, a long-serving Thomas Cook employee, died ‘of grief’ just hours later, said Dr Maged Eledawy, the head of Hurghada Hospital.
he couple lived in a bungalow and did charity work with the Burnley and Pendle District Freemasons.
Their daughter Kelly Ormerod, 40, is being supported by her husband in Egypt.
A devastated friend told MailOnline: ‘They were the loveliest couple you could ever wish to meet.
‘They were devoted to each other and couldn’t live without each other. Our hearts are breaking. This is such sad news.’
One neighbour, named as Gillian, described the pair as ‘socialable and popular, adding: ‘They loved travelling and had been all over.
‘They were the nicest people, warm and welcoming, and always had a smile for you. They were pure carat gold and you’re don’t find many couples like them.
Another neighbour added: ‘We’ve heard the news, and it’s heartbreaking.
‘They were a lovely couple. It’s a total tragedy and our hearts go out to the family’.
The Burnley Thomas Cook store where Mrs Cooper worked was closed today with a sign on the door reading: ‘Due to unforeseen circumstances this store will be closed.’
A colleague at a nearby Thomas Cook store said: ‘We are a close team and we know the member of staff who died. It is heartbreaking and tragic.
‘Mrs Cooper had gone on a trip of a lifetime and sadly will never come back. The store is closed as a sign of respect.
‘The team there are devastated and closed up shop yesterday.’
‘I can’t believe they’ve gone. It is so tragic.’
Thomas Cook’s Head of Customer Welfare, Carol Mackenzie, flew to Hurghada last night to offer support to the couple’s families.
The company said in a statement: ‘We are deeply saddened by the deaths of two of our customers while on holiday in Hurghada in Egypt, one of whom was a loyal and long-serving member of our Thomas Cook family.
‘Our focus is on fully supporting their loved ones. We are urgently investigating with the hotel and supporting the local authorities.’
The Thomas Cook website describes Hurghada as ‘the capital of the Red Sea Riviera, where beautiful beaches, vibrant nightclubs and world-class diving destinations await.’