British man, 50, is killed trying to light a firework in Thailand on New Year's ...

British man, 50, is killed on the stroke of midnight in front of his fiancee as firework he was trying to light explodes in his face amid New Year celebrations in Thailand Gary McLaren killed outside bar in Thai party resort of Pattaya on New Year's Eve  50-year-old was trying to light a tube of fireworks when it exploded in his face  Medics were called and performed chest compressions, but couldn't save him  Thai fiancee Jasmine posted tribute, saying 'you will be in my heart for ever babe'

By Chris Pleasance for MailOnline

Published: 09:12 GMT, 1 January 2020 | Updated: 13:22 GMT, 1 January 2020

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A British man was killed on the stroke of midnight in Thailand after a firework exploded in his face.

Gary McLaren, 50, died while ringing in the New Year with his Thai fiancee and friends in the party resort of Pattaya, eastern Thailand, on December 31.

Mr McLaren, who was originally from Corby, Northamptonshire, had been partying at the Miami A Go Go bar before stepping outside and trying to light a 50cm cardboard tube packed with fireworks.

Gary McLaren and fiancee Jasmine

Gary McLaren and fiancee Jasmine

Briton Gary McLaren, 50, (left and right with Thai fiancee Jasmine) died in the party resort of Pattaya on New Year's Eve after lighting a firework which exploded in his face

Mr McLaren had been partying in a go go bar with Jasmine (pictured over his dead body) before stepping outside to light the firework, which began smoking before blowing up

Mr McLaren had been partying in a go go bar with Jasmine (pictured over his dead body) before stepping outside to light the firework, which began smoking before blowing up

Onlookers said his initial attempts to light the fireworks failed, but he succeeded on a second attempt, causing smoke to pour out of the tube.

The fireworks then exploded in his face, knocking him to the ground.

Police and medics were called and performed chest compressions on Mr McLaren, but he was pronounced dead at the

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