Party to honour a popular dad-of-two

Kevin 'Cookie' Cook with his two sons Liam and Tyler.
Kevin 'Cookie' Cook with his two sons Liam and Tyler.
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The family of dad-of-two who died in his sleep because of a suspected heart defect are organising a special memorial to honour him in Blackpool.

Former nightclub barman Kevin Cook, 34 – known as Cookie to his friends – was discovered by his father George after he failed to turn in for work.

The exact cause of his death is still unknown, but coroners have indicated he may have had an undiagnosed heart defect.

Mr Cook, who moved to Blackpool with his parents when he was 16, was well known across the town and had worked at some of its biggest venues, including the Pleasure Beach and Syndicate nightclub.

His mother Joan Baines told The Gazette: “We want this to be a celebration of Kevin’s life.

“He had lots of friends who were unable to get to the funeral in Newcastle so this is their chance to say goodbye.

“We are going to share our memories of him and have a drink in his name.”

Mr Cook, of Woodland Grove, returned to his original hometown of Newcastle last year, where he was helping to set up a business which he then wanted to expand back into Blackpool.

His mother and two sons, Tyler, seven, and four-year-old Liam, still live in the resort.

Mr Cook’s body was found on September 4. He had spent the night before watching a film with his father and cousin.

The following morning he was due to open the shop he had set up with his father, but failed to turn up.

His family have planned a celebration of life party at West Coast Rock Cafe in Abingdon Street, which will take place on November 30.

Mrs Baines said: “All of Kevin’s friends are invited to attend to say their goodbyes.

“We are still waiting to find out what killed Kevin, but it is definitely looking more and more like a heart defect or heart disease.”

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