Tourists return early from Egyptian hotel where United Kingdom couple died

Steigenberger Aqua Magic Egypt hotel guests being evacuated Thomas Cook

The prosecutor's office added that it was still awaiting the forensics' report of samples taken from the couple.

The Cooper couple's deaths prompted tour operator Thomas Cook to evacuate all of its customers - amounting to around 300 tourists - from the hotel as a "precautionary measure".

At least 20 have also reportedly filed legal claims against the hotel, and say the travel company is keeping them in the dark about what was going on.

Egypt's public prosecutor later issued a statement saying the cause of the deaths would be revealed as soon as it became clear.

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But their daughter Kelly, who watched her parents die, says they were fit and healthy the night before they died.

The daughter of a couple who died while at an Egyptian hotel complex has said she believes something suspicious caused their deaths.

"We have no cause of death, a post-mortem is under way".

She explained that they had all enjoyed a meal together before the Coopers went to bed at around 1.30am.

In a statement to the Burnley Express, a spokesman for Thomas Cook said: "We are aware that a number of customers have come forward to say they have experienced illness while staying at the Steigenberger Aqua Magic Hotel in Hurghada, Egypt".

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John Cooper, 69, died in his room, and his wife Susan, 63, a Thomas Cook employee, died a short while later in hospital. "I don't believe anyone has entered the room, but something has happened in that room and caused them to be taken away from us".

"They examined and carefully checked all devices present in the room, especially the airconditioning", which British media have said could have resulted in carbon monoxide poisoning through a gas leak, it said.

Alison Cope, 44, from Moseley, Birmingham, who was among those who made a decision to fly home, said she had been at the hotel for two weeks and five out of seven of her family members have been ill for around 10 days.

About half the Britons at the hotel had chosen to cut their holidays short and the rest took up offers of rooms at other nearby hotels, a spokeswoman for Thomas Cook said.

He said: "The food, the temperatures of the food, things like that".

"The manager of Thomas Cook is the most rude man I ever met".

The Steigenberger Aqua Magic hotel.

A spokesperson for travel industry body ABTA said: "We are very sad to hear of the deaths of two British holidaymakers in Hurghada and our thoughts are with their family, friends and colleagues at this hard time".

The Thomas Cook logo is seen in this illustration photo January 22, 2018.

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