A FAMILY of a British tourist who mysteriously died in Mexico are desperately trying to find out what happened in his final hours.
Dean Wright, 33, from Newcastle, was found dead on a luggage trolley inside the luxury Cancun resort he was staying at last December.
Fellow holidaymakers said that Dean was embroiled in an early-morning row with a group of Americans while visiting a 24-hour sports bar at the beachfront hotel, near Playa del Carmen.
Fitness fanatic Dean — 6ft5ins tall and well-built — stopped breathing after a group of Mexican security guards intervened and struggled to restrain him in a toilet.
But almost a year on his death remains a mystery and has left his mm and dad, Maria and Paul, wanting answers on how and why their own son died.
In a statement the family said: “We received the devastating phone call to say our lovely Dean had died, no explanation, just that he was dead.
“He was a 33-year-old, fun-loving, generous Geordie lad on holiday with his friend. He loved life and loved to chat to people.”
The family are desperate to discover what happened to Dean and we can’t do that without the help of people who were there at the time
Shane Smith, lawyer for Dean’s distraught family
A police investigation both in the North East and in Mexico did not reach any conclusions as to how he died, reports Chronicle Live.
Now, in a fresh appeal his family said: “It is all very unclear, confusing and terrible.
“We cannot properly grieve not knowing the truth about what happened.”
They are desperate for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward.
What is known is that between December 13 and December 14 2019, Dean had socialised with various guests at the resort.
But some time between 5am and 7am, his family believe he may have been assaulted before his body was found soon after on a luggage trolley.
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Assisting the family is former Senior Detective David Swindle, whose “David Swindle Crime Solutions” team helps support relatives of those killed abroad.
Meanwhile lawyer Shane Smith, a litigation executive at Slater and Gordon, is helping the family through the inquest process.
Mr Smith said: “It is vital that we can gather as much information as possible in order to present Dean’s final movements to the coroner.
“The family are desperate to discover what happened to Dean and we can’t do that without the help of people who were there at the time.
“This has been a long 12 months of questions for Dean’s family and we really want to provide them with some answers.”
An appeal website has been set up where the family describe Dean as a “bit of a joker who loved to make people laugh”.
They said: “He was also a very caring and generous person who liked nothing better than to spend time with his family and friends.”
“The bond he had with his mam was a special one. There wasn’t a day went by without him being in contact with her either by phone or text.”