British tourist Cameron Russell, 20, dies while on holiday in Bulgaria

Lizzie Dearden
Cameron Russell, 20, died while on holiday in Bulgaria: Facebook

Friends have paid tribute to a “true hero” who died while on holiday at a beach resort in Bulgaria.

Cameron Russell, from Dalry in Ayrshire, died in what the company he worked for described as a “tragic accident”.

A spokesperson for Clearwater Ltd, an industrial services firm, said: “It's with great sadness I have to tell everyone that we lost one of our young digger drivers after a tragic accident on holiday.

"Cameron 'Buff' Russell started with the company three years ago and just turned 20 a few weeks ago.

"He was a credit to the company and his mother and father.

"RIP young Cammy, you will be sorely missed."

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said the British embassy in Bulgaria was providing assistance to Mr Russell’s relatives.

Sunny Beach is Bulgaria's biggest seaside resort (AFP)

He had been on holiday in Sunny Beach, Bulgaria’s largest beach resort, where five British teenagers were caught up in a deadly shoot-out between gangs last summer.

The circumstances of Mr Russell’s death remain unclear but local reports in Scotland said he had been on holiday with around 20 friends.

He was taken to hospital following an incident near the Chaika Beach Hotel on Thursday and died the following morning, the Daily Record reported.

An investigation is underway by Bulgarian police and a post-mortem is due to establish the cause of the tragedy.

Friends writing on tributes on Facebook remembered Mr Russell as “a true friend and gentleman”.

His former team, Dalry Tartan AFC, wrote: “Cammy was loyal and true to the club. It’s not only loss to our club but the community of Dalry itself.

“Cammy was a genuine good guy – not only a player but a close friend to all of us who will always be in our hearts and greatly missed

“At this time all our thoughts and well wishes are with Cammy’s family and friends . Shine bright young legend. Love and miss you wee man.”

Mr Russell’s friend, Alan Irving, wrote: “Never thought I’d lose my best pal. Life is so cruel and unforgiving.

“Lost a true hero today and we’ll never get that character again.”