A British couple have been killed in a motorbike accident while travelling home from a holiday in France.
Malcolm and Beverley Hagan, from South Hylton in Sunderland, died instantly when Malcolm suffered a heart attack while riding their motorbike according to reports in The Shields Gazette.
According to investigators, Malcolm, 56, died instantly and his wife, 53, died on impact. The couple had been attending the annual Pan Gathering of The Northern Pan Riders, near Nancy in North-East France.
The couple had been together for 37 years and had one daughter, Gemma Hagan-McGrandle, 32.
Their family have paid tribute to the couple, who raised tens of thousands of pounds for charity over the years.
Malcolm's sister, Lynne Hagan, told the Shields Gazette: "The only comfort that we can take from what happened is that they went quickly together. There was no pain, no anguish, and that is what we are focusing on. They were good friends to many. Generous, kind and considerate. They will be missed."
Malcolm, a former squadron sergeant major, served in the army for 25 years, including in Operation Desert Storm in the Gulf War. A Just Giving page has been set up to raise money for Help for Heroes in their memory.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office confirmed that the couple died in France on September 3.
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