Entertainer Richard De Vere died after developing pneumonia and then suffering a massive heart attack, it has emerged today.
As reported in The Gazette yesterday, the 46-year-old magician, who lived in Thornton, died on Monday while holidaying in Thailand.
Today his family spoke of their shock.
His father Chris Holt, 73, who lives near Bolton, said: “He was fine before he left to go to Thailand, apart from a hoarse voice from the pantomime. His partner Marc just rang to say he was unwell and he was taken to hospital.
“He had responded to treatment and had been taken off the intensive care unit but then he had a massive heart attack and they couldn’t save him.”
Richard had spent six days in intensive care.
Today further tributes have been paid to the entertainer who joined Blackpool Pleasure Beach in 1995, performing in Mystique for 13 years, and then Beyond Belief.
Pleasure Beach managing director Amanda Thompson said: “Richard De Vere, friend of Blackpool and long standing friend of the entertainments team of Stageworks Worldwide Productions and Blackpool Pleasure Beach, will be sadly missed by all his friends and loyal fans.
“All the Mystique dancers and singers have been in touch and everybody is saddened by this news and their thoughts are with his partner Marc and Richard’s family.”
Richard had been due to start a new show this year at Viva showbar in Blackpool.
Resort-based comedian Joey Blower said: “Richard will be sadly missed. He was very generous and thoughtful, and was a little bit of Las Vegas in Blackpool.”
Another Blackpool-based magician, Martin Scott Price, said: “He was a magical ambassador for Blackpool.”
Richard also leaves his mother Christine, aged 72, and sister Philippa.