Pictured: Briton, 50, who died after falling down the stairs at his Lanzarote bar ‘during a fight with ‘troublesome’ German expat
- A British man has died in hospital after a fight in Lanzarote, Spain
- A man is being investigated on suspicion of homicide, authorities confirmed
Tribute has been paid to the owner of a British bar who died in Lanzarote after allegedly being pushed down some stairs during a fight.
Chris Thomas, 50, died one day after being rushed to hospital following the incident in the early hours of Sunday morning.
A 46-year-old German man and described locally as a troublemaker who had reportedly been banned from several bars and pubs on the resort island of Costa Teguise, is in custody.
He was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and has been jailed pending an ongoing investigation after appearing before a judge on Monday.
Friends and loved ones described Chris, a London-born expat, as loving, caring and funny in today’s social media tributes.
Chris Thomas (pictured), 50, died one day after being rushed to hospital following the incident in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Friends and loved ones described London-born expat Chris Thomas (pictured) as caring, loving and funny in today’s social media tributes.
Dozens of Britons have left messages on the Facebook page of The Clock, the bar owned by Chris and which remains closed after the tragedy.
Ken Moore wrote: ‘A huge hole has been left in our hearts and minds. A true gentleman. a lovely man. a great character. A smile that would light up any room.
‘The world has lost someone very special. He will be missed by many.’
And he added: “It was a pleasure and a privilege to have you as a friend.”
Jen Blackburn wrote: “I have no words that can help at this truly devastating time. I am so sorry that all of you are facing such a tragic loss. Chris was a friend to all… One of life’s good guys. Many will feel his death so strongly. I feel privileged to have known him and shared so many laughs. My heart goes out to all of you and you will all be in my thoughts.’
Stacey Lee said: “It’s so sad to hear this, one thing I always noticed about Chris was his amazing smile and the twinkle in his eye, rest in peace Chris.”
Calling him “loving, charming and funny”, Tracy Wiles wrote: “We will never be the same again, but you will be in our thoughts every day, beautiful man.” I love you very much Chris and now our friend.’
View of Costa Teguise, a tourist resort on the island of Lanzarote, Spain (archive image)
Confirming that it was currently closed, staff at The Clock said in a social media post: ‘As you may well know now or soon. We have lost Chris. The Clock is closed.
‘We will keep you informed.’
A local report said the incident that led to Chris’s death occurred at The Clock, but well-placed sources said it had occurred in a shopping center near a fast-food restaurant.
Police were called shortly after 3 a.m. Sunday and helped provide emergency medical assistance before making the arrest.
The deceased’s parents are believed to live in Lanzarote, although he is believed to have siblings in the UK.
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