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British Tourist Benjamin Harper Dies In Fall From Spanish Hotel Balcony

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A British tourist has died after falling from a balcony at a hotel - the second Briton to die at the same Spanish resort in three days.

Benjamin Harper, 28, from Twickenham, south-west London, fell to his death at the four-star Sol Antillas hotel in Magaluf, Majorca, on Friday.

It is believed that Harper, a roofer, had gone out on to the balcony for a cigarette before leaning over and falling to his death while on a stag do.

His death came three days after another Briton, Adam Atkinson, 20, from Castleford, West Yorkshire, died in the resort after reportedly falling down stairs.

Harper's father Kenneth, 64, told the Mail on Sunday: "It looks like he popped out on to the balcony for a cigarette, leaned over and fell. No foul play was involved.

"His mates are really cut up about it. They are coming home tomorrow and coming here to see me."

The hotel where he died offered no comment.

Tributes have been paid on social networking sites to Mr Harper, who was described as a young man with "energy and life".

Friends from the Sussex Arms pub in Twickenham posted on Facebook: "RIP local man Ben Harper, such a lovely bloke and character.

"Deepest condolences to his family and those closest to him. Such a tragedy and too soon for a man with such energy and life. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him."

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said they were offering help to Mr Harper's bereaved family.

An FCO spokesman said: "We are aware of the death of a British national in Majorca, Spain, on April 20.

"We are providing consular assistance to the family at this difficult time."

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