Emotional tribute from fiance of man found dead in hotel pool

The fiance of a man found dead in the pool at the Hilton Hotel has paid tribute. Picture; Sean Bell.
The fiance of a man found dead in the pool at the Hilton Hotel has paid tribute. Picture; Sean Bell.

The devastated fiancee of a man found dead in a hotel swimming pool has described the pain of losing her “soulmate”.

Tragic Darren Steedman-Kerr’s body was found in the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel near Edinburgh Airport on Saturday.

Hilton, Edinburgh Airport, Edinburgh

Hilton, Edinburgh Airport, Edinburgh

The 29-year-old was described as the “most honest and lovable person I knew” by Michelle Mitchell on social media. The couple, from Ratho, were due to marry in August.

“As much as I had planned our perfect wedding for nine weeks’ time, I didn’t need a piece of paper to tell you that I loved you and that we would spend the rest of our life together,” Michelle, 33, posted on Facebook.

Next to a photo of her engagement ring, Michelle added: “You will always be with me and I’ll never ever take this off.”

Plumbing and heating apprentice Darren was found unconscious by hotel staff in the pool at about 7.25pm on Saturday. Staff tried unsuccessfully to revive him.

Police are investigating but say they are not treating the death as suspicious.

A post-mortem will try to determine if he drowned or was taken ill.

She said: “Every time I close my eyes, it’s pitch black and all I hear is white noise. My heart breaks, feels like it has been ripped out in the worst way possible.

“You were my whole life, Darren. You gave me reason to get up in the morning. You were my soulmate.

“All I do now is stare into the darkness of the room and look for a sign. I want to feel you, smell you and see your beautiful face.

“Each hour terrifies me because I know that no matter how hard I try, no one can bring you back to me.”

Michelle added: “Darren never had a bad bone in his body. He lit up a room as soon as he walked in. I’ve asked the same question over and over and I know I’ll continue to ask it because I hope that one day someone will give me the answer I need.

“I feel like every single thing I have believed in throughout my life so far has been a lie.

“I’m heartbroken.”