Welsh dad dies on holiday in Bulgaria after 'altercation'

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-Credit: (Image: Deborah Grose)

A Welsh man has died at a hospital in Bulgaria while on holiday. Roger Denis Grose, 68, died at a hospital in Plovdiv. It is understood that the provisional cause of death for Mr Grose has been given as heart failure.

Mr Grose, from Llanbradach in Caerphilly, died on June 19. He divides his time between the UK and Spain and had travelled to Bulgaria by himself for a holiday for two weeks. The Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office (FCDO) has confirmed they are aware of the death and are supporting Mr Grose’s family.

His daughter Deborah Grose said both she and her brother Wayne Grose initially became concerned about her father when he did not respond to birthday and Father's Day messages to him. She said: “I had messaged him on June 12 saying 'Happy Birthday' and he didn’t reply – he didn’t even see the message. I thought maybe it was that his wifi had gone – he didn’t like to turn his mobile data on because it cost money. So I thought I’d just wait until he was due back in Spain on June 19.

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“June 19 came and he hadn’t opened the message. I messaged a friend of his out there and she hadn’t seen him so on Friday, June 21, I thought I would report him. So I rang the police here because I didn’t know what to do and while I was on the phone they knocked my door and that’s when they told me that they had been informed he had passed away.”

Deborah said she has been made aware by the embassy that her father was involved in an altercation at the hospital before his death but some details are still unclear. She says that a post-mortem examination has been done but the family will not have the full results for weeks or even months. Join our WhatsApp news community here for the latest breaking news.

She said: “From what we have been told he phoned himself an ambulance because he was feeling dizzy and had a headache. They checked his vitals over and told him he was fine. We were then told he had the options to stay a few hours or discharge him. I’m not sure how long it was but we have been told that he then went back to the hospital saying he still didn’t feel well on the same day and from what I have been told there was an altercation with security because they refused to see him a second time.”

Mr Grose’s family are unable to have his body back until the port-mortem examination results are completed. Describing her father she said: “He was such a character. Everyone who knows him, knows what a character he was.” An FCDO spokesman said: “We are supporting the family of a British man who has died in Bulgaria and are in contact with the local authorities.”