Dad of Sunderland man Ryan Collier who died after fall from balcony on Turkish holiday seeking answers as inquest date is confirmed
The dad of a much-loved Sunderland man who sadly died after falling from a balcony while on holiday in Turkey has said his family need ‘closure’ as an inquest date is confirmed.
Beloved Millfield man Ryan Collier tragically died on Friday, October 23 following a heart attack after falling from a balcony of the four-storey Sun Apart Hotel where he was staying, just days into a holiday with his partner Donna Noble.
The 34-year-old suffered a cardiac arrest, a fractured skull, swelling of the brain and a broken neck as well as multiple other injuries and was being treated in a private hospital in Turkey.
Huge fundraising efforts were made to help cover the costs of medical bills and to pay for an air ambulance, which his family had hoped would be able to fly him home to continue his treatment.
Now, an inquest is due to be heard at Sunderland Civic Centre on July 13, 2021.
Ryan’s dad Brian Collier said: “We’re still in a lot of distress and we have lots of questions that need answers – It’s been a difficult time.
"It’s been absolutely horrendous and I wouldn’t want any parent to go through what we’ve been through, it’s still pretty raw and we still get upset about it.”
Ryan, who has been described as the ‘friendliest and loveliest lad’, had flown out to Turkish resort Marmaris last October for a break from his security job.
Parents Brian and Elizabeth Collier had travelled to Turkey to be by their son’s bedside after the fall.
His family said previously that Ryan did have travel insurance but, due to complications with coronavirus restrictions, it was understood to be void.
Ryan, who has three brothers Lewis, Darren and Craig Collier, has been described as ‘a lovely lad who would do anything for anyone’.
Following the tragedy, the Sunderland community united to pay tribute to Ryan, and send their best wishes to his family.
Brian added: “We might not hear what we want to hear at the inquest but we will have to try and accept the outcome.
"Ryan was so well-loved and he had his whole life ahead of him but now we need closure.”