Inquest opens into death of popular South Shields dad

Di and Luke Wilkinson with children Jude and Finn.
Di and Luke Wilkinson with children Jude and Finn.

An inquest has been opened into the death of a South Shields man who collapsed while on holiday in Singapore.

Luke Wilkinson, 37, from South Shields, passed away at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle in October.

Di and Luke Wilkinson.

Di and Luke Wilkinson.

The inquest into the father-of-two’s death was opened at Newcastle Civic Centre and the full hearing will be held on Friday, September 8.

Luke, an engineering consultant who was originally from the Marsden area of the town, had moved to Kuala Lumpur with his family - wife Di, 34, and children Jude, five, and Finn, three, - after taking a job at an oil and gas company.

Tragedy struck on what was supposed to be a family break at the Siloso Beach Resort, in Singapore, when Luke collapsed after contracting several infections.

The former Harton Technology College pupil was diagnosed with liver failure as a result of the medication he was receiving for the infections and was flown home to the Freeman Hospital.

He was thought to need a liver transplant urgently and wife Di launched an appeal to raise funds to fly Luke home.

Fortunately, their health insurance came through, which paid for Luke’s flight and on returning to the UK, surgeons confirmed he did not need the transplant.

Surgeons said Luke was suffering from a pre-existing medical condition which left him open to infections, and a virus had caused the liver problems.

Loved ones believed he was on the road to recovery, when he sadly took a turn for the worse and tragically lost his life. Funds raised from the appeal have gone into savings accounts for the children.