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  • 22 April 2014, 6:28

'Gentle Giant' Briton Shot Dead In Philippines

A British "gentle giant" who helped deliver aid to typhoon-hit victims in the Philippines has been shot dead.

Anthony Gilchrist was attacked outside the dive shop he owned on Malapascua Island.

The 35-year-old, who was shot six times, was taken on a boat to the mainland but he was later pronounced dead.

A man has been arrested in connection with the attack on Saturday evening at the Fish Buddies Dive Shop.

Mr Gilchrist, who set up the business two years ago, had been "doing really well" and also opened a second premises, according to his brother James.

The Briton, from Staines-upon-Thames in Surrey, had helped organise buses to get aid to residents hit by Typhoon Haiyan, which claimed the lives of around 6,000 people when it struck in November 2013.

His brothers had also helped raise money in the UK for the victims.

James Gilchrist, 33, told Sky News his 6ft 8ins brother "was the kindest, most gentle person".

"He was a gentle giant. Really placid," he added.

"He was selfless and always willing to help everyone else. He had a huge heart."

He said there were plans for a cremation in the Philippines followed by a family service in the UK.

Tributes were also paid to the victim on social media.

Glen Biggs said: "My heart aches at this tragedy. I will always hold him dear in my heart and I loved him."

Luke Beauchamp said: "Nothing I can write will be adequate - big hug."

Gemma Bowden said: "I have many happy, fond and cherished memories of our lives together, you were taken from us far sooner than we could ever have imagined, I can't believe you have gone. Rest in peace xxx."

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: "We are aware of the death of a British national in the Philippines on 19 April.

"We are providing consular assistance to the family at this difficult time."