British mountaineer in mystery death: ‘Absolutely healthy’ tourist is found dead in the toilet of Indian guest house

  • John Dawson had been travelling through Nepal and India before his death
  • The 32-year-old was found unconscious in the toilet about 2am
  • Witnesses say he was in good health barely 24 hours before his death




A British tourist has been found dead in the toilet of his Indian hotel room with mystery surrounding the man s sudden death. John George Dawson, 32, was staying with an American friend at Dynasty Guest House in Varanasi – one of the oldest cities in the world when he was found dead on the toilet floor about 2am. The British national had been travelling through Nepal before reaching Varanasi on June 12, checking into the hotel for an intended three day stay before going sight-seeing through the city.

John Dawson’s body was found on the toilet floor of the Indian guesthouse he was staying in

The 32-year-old went to the toilet after arriving back at the guest house but when his friend realised he had been gone for more than an hour, raised the alarm. When hotel staff bashed the door down they found the keen mountaineer lying unconscious on the floor. He was rushed to the trauma centre of Banaras Hindu University but was pronounced dead on arrival.

Munir Ahmed, 55, the guest house owner, said: I received a call from my staff at 2am informing me about John’s condition. I reached the hotel and we immediately rushed him to a hospital but sadly he had died by then. I informed the police about the incident.

I cannot believe he is no more. He looked absolutely healthy in the morning. Local police have now handed John s body to the British Embassy after a preliminary investigation.

A foreign office spokeswoman said: We are in contact with local authorities in Northern India following reports that a British national has died in Varanasi. Varanasi police inspector Ajit Mishra is in charge of the case and said: We have handed over his body to the British Embassy and are waiting for their nod for the post-mortem. As of now, it is difficult to say under what circumstances he died.

The body had no injury marks. There were some medical pills in the dustbin but we cannot say if he died because of overdose. It is not right to say that as we are yet ascertain the cause of the death.

John had plans to travel to other parts of India and their next leg of the journey was Agra.

John had expressed his desire of seeing the world famous Taj Mahal to Munir and how excited he was to sit outside it.

The keen mountaineer had travelled to Varanasi, intending to stay for at least three days

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