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Mystery over death of British English Teacher in China
Published on: 2019-08-19
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Kevin Little 39 passed away at his home in Nantong in JulyKevin Little, 39, passed away at his home in Nantong in July

Desperate family members of a father-of-two who died in China tell of their heartbreak after authorities remain tight-lipped about the circumstances surrounding his death.

The family revealed they need to raise nearly 25000 to bring Mr Littles body homeThe family revealed they need to raise nearly £25,000 to bring Mr Little's body home

Kevin Little had spent the last eight years teaching English in China near Shanghai. The 39-year-old, who was epileptic, passed away at his home in Nantong in July.

The family revealed they need to raise nearly £25,000 to bring his body home. His mother Wendy Viljoen, 58, said: 'It's the most frustrating, gut-wrenching, heartbreaking thing.'I feel like someone has stabbed me in the heart.I just want my child home so we can do what's right for him with his brothers and his sister.'

Mrs Viljoen a pub landlady in Portsmouth Hampshire said she only found out on Friday where her sons body was being storedMrs. Viljoen, a pub landlady in Portsmouth, Hampshire, said she only found out on Friday where her son's body was being stored.

She last spoke to him on July 29 as he celebrated his birthday.

Mrs.Viljoen said the last thing her family had been told was the police investigation was still on-going.

The local community, including regulars at the Derby Tavern where she is landlady, have rallied around the family and so far have raised more than £2,000 to repatriate Mr Little's body.

They hope the fundraising campaign will mean Mr Little, who was once honoured by Shanghai police for rescuing people from a burning building, can be brought home as soon as possible.

Repatriating Mr Little's body is likely to cost around £18,000 with additional costs relating to funeral arrangements set to take the total cost to the family even higher.

The father of two taught English as a second languageThe father-of-two taught English as a second language

The family thought repatriation costs would be covered by his place of work, but this is not the case.

Adam Little said: 'In a way we can see that £25,000 is almost an impossible amount to raise, but if we can't raise that amount then we can't bring Kevin home.'

Mrs.Viljoen added: 'I just want answers from the authorities. I want to know they've finished the investigation and when can we bring him home.'

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