A loving volunteer who helped educate orphans in the Far East has died following a short illness contracted by mosquito bites.
David Murray, 39, of Rishton, passed away in Laos on June 7 after becoming infected with typhus and dengue fever.
The HGV driver left Hyndburn three months ago for the village of Nathong to volunteer with the Sae Lao Project, which provides free English classes and runs community initiatives.
David, also known as ‘Muzz’ to his friends, was taken to hospital by volunteers from the project on June 5 after complaining of breathing problems.
Sengkeo Frichitthavong, who runs the project, said: “On June 6 he fainted again so we took him to a different hospital. They checked his blood and found he had rickettsia or typhus and dengue fever.
“He was transferred to Mahosot hospital in Vientiane during the night of June 6 to 7.”
Mr Frichitthavong said that David was surrounded by volunteers from the project when he passed away at around 11am on June 7.
He added: “What we all would like to remember is that David had been so generous and caring for three brothers, Khae, Home and Siangnoy as well as for everybody else at Sae Lao and in Nathong.
“He had so much care for everybody all the time.”
Friends also took to social media to pay tribute. Nina Coates said: “Gone but not forgotten in Laos or Rishton. Rest peacefully, Muzz, you were a good man.”
Jackie Oldham added: “Rest in peace, David, a wonderful caring man.”
Mr Murray had flown out to Laos on March 5 after giving up his flat for a year and putting his BMW up for sale.
In the weeks before his death, Mr Murray regularly updated his friends and family on social media on how he was enjoying life in south-east Asia.
He posted pictures showing the progression of a wooden hut built on stilts, and selflessly asked for donations to help send locals to university.
Mr Murray’s body was due to be repatriated this week.