A MAN who died after falling ill at the Global Gathering dance festival has been named as Shane Kirkwood from Coventry.
The 20-year-old was taken from the Long Marston event to Warwick Hospital by ambulance at about 11pm on Friday July 25 – the first day of the festival which ran until the early hours of Sunday.
Despite attempts to save him, he was declared dead at the hospital just after 1am on Saturday (July 26).
The death is currently being treated as unexplained and a post mortem is due to take place.
Shane’s family paid tribute to him in a statement released by police.
It says: “We are shocked and devastated by Shane’s death.
“He was a very caring person and would help anyone, going out of his way without a second thought. Shane never complained and nothing would worry him. He had a good sense of humour and was a real joker too.
“Very energetic, he was hard working and always on the go. Fitness was really important to Shane – he was at the gym most days, loved weightlifting and wanted to be a personal trainer.
“He worked as a painter and decorator and the future was bright as he planned to set up his own business. He was also half way through decorating the family home.
“A very practical person, Shane could build a computer from scratch. All his friends dropped by if they had a problem with their computers and he loved his gaming too. Another one of his great passions was music.
“We are deeply saddened by his death and are still very much trying to take in the fact that he has gone.”