British backpacker found dead in Cambodia hostel

Roshina Jowaheer
jake taylor
jake taylor

A British backpacker was found dead in the hostel where he was staying while travelling in Cambodia.

Jake Taylor, 24, died of a suspected heart attack at the Wish You Were Here Guesthouse in Sihanoukville Province on Tuesday.

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Mr Taylor, who was from Brighton but lived in Bristol, had reportedly been staying at the hostel since February.

Cambodia's expat forum Khmer440 stated: "The authorities inform that the deceased is Jake David Taylor. His passport was not found in his possession.

"He checked into the guesthouse on February 3, 2016 and had been residing there up to the day of his death.

"At the current time his body is being kept at the place where the death occurred, awaiting forensic experts and doctors to inspect."

According to the Mirror, Jake was believed to be due to start a new job in Australia.

A woman who said she was Jake's aunt wrote on the expat forum: "This is my nephew. I just cannot comprehend how this has happened."

Wanting to quash local rumours that drugs had been involved, she added: "I know my nephew and I know what had happened in the previous days."

A spokeswoman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office told the Bristol Post: "Our staff are in contact with the family of a British national following their death in Cambodia in April 2016, and are providing support at this difficult time."

Sihanoukville province is a small southern province of Cambodia, with sandy beaches and tropical islands which have made it popular as a tourist destination.

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