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Devastated pals pay tribute to British tourist who fell from balcony in Istanbul

Heartbroken pals paid tribute to a British tourist who fell to his death from a window while holidaying in Turkey.

Anthony McDowall, 28, was seen dangling from a hotel balcony before tragically plunging to his death in the Beyoglu district of Istanbul.

Local reports say the Scot, from the Isle of Arran, fell from a ledge on the seventh storey of a hotel after losing his balance.

It is believed he was visiting Istanbul with his American ex-girlfriend and another friend.

Friends were devastated by the news of his death

Friends paid tribute to their “irreplaceable” pal, known as Tony, who played football for Southside United AFC in Glasgow.

One friend said: “My heart is broken. My best friend.”

Another said: “I wish I was there with you to help you Tony.”

One said,”you will live forever in our hearts” while another said “irreplacable.”

Another wrote: “One of the nicest and most genuine guys going about.”

Tony’s former football team also paid tribute to the keen sportsman.

A club spokesperson said: “We are devastated to hear the news of the passing of Tony McDowall whilst on holiday.

“Tony played a huge role when we gained promotion to the premier division .Tony was a great player and more importantly a great guy.

“Our thoughts are with his family & friends.”

It is understood Tony’s family are now travelling to Istanbul.

A Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office spokesperson said: “We are supporting the family of a British man following his death in Turkey and are in touch with the local authorities.”

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