– Jude Leitch, Tourism Development Manager, Northumberland Tourism
David's death was a great shock. David was involved with Northumberland Tourism for a long time. He was involved in the management of flagship hotels and pushed the bar of those hotels. Doxford Hall was one of the leading hotels and [David] provided a great service. So there is disappointment he is not here to take things forward.
David Hunter, a founding director of the Northumberland Tourism organisation, collapsed last Sunday at his home after a seemingly small accident while on holiday with wife Sue in the resort of Icmeler.
The 59-year-old was rushed to hospital where specialists carried out scans before discovering a blood clot on his lung.
Despite receiving emergency treatment, the father-of-two suffered a heart attack in the early hours of Monday and he died in hospital the next day.
Mr Hunter was born in Hartlepool and grew up in Morpeth, Northumberland.