A well-known island rally driver has died after falling ill at Cream nightclub’s Boxing Day closing party in Liverpool .
Merseyside Police today named 47-year-old Andrew Glaister as the second man to have died following the event at the Nation venue on Wolstenholme Square.
Tributes have been paid on social media to Mr Glaister, who lived in Ramsey and ran his own haulage company AGH Haulage.
He had been fighting for his life in hospital since the early hours of Sunday but died on Tuesday night.
A post mortem is due to take place this afternoon to establish cause of death.
The death of Mr Glaister follows that of 19-year-old John Milburn, an apprentice engineer from Crosby, Merseyside, who fell ill at the superclub that same night.
Both deaths continue to be treated as unexplained, said police.
Detective Chief Inspector Mark Kameen said: ‘We have launched a comprehensive investigation into the tragic deaths of these two men. At this stage of the investigation, we are exploring a number of lines of enquiry, one being that they may be drug-related. It is however too early to say if the deaths are linked.
‘We are speaking with friends of both victims alongside staff and management from Nation nightclub, to establish the full circumstances surrounding the movements of both men that night. CCTV is being examined from the location and surrounding area.
‘I’d also like to take this opportunity to remind people of the dangers of taking illegal substances. We recognise our city’s nightclubs and bars will be busy over the coming days, especially on New Year’s Eve and I would like to remind people not to take any illegal drugs – you don’t know what’s in them or how they are going to affect you.’
Tributes have been paid on social media.
One reads: ‘Shell shocked like everyone else. Another great personality taken way too soon. RIP mate you will be sorely missed. Thoughts to the family at this difficult time.’
Another poster said: ‘I have only recently got to know Andy after he bought my ex Talbot Sunbeam rally car here in Ireland. He seemed such a lovely guy and would talk forever about rallying. I’m shocked to hear of his sudden death. Let’s hope there is plenty Funbeams in heaven. Sincerest condolences to all his family and friends. RIP Andy.’
A third said: ‘Such a shock this morning, so sad to hear that we’ve lost another legend. Rest in peace Andy Glaister thanks for all your help with the gigs, it’s been a pleasure. Our thoughts are with all of the family and friends, you will be missed. Xxxx.’
Mr Milburn’s grieving father Graham is demanding answers as to how his son died. He said: ‘He went to a party that night and he never came home.’
Cream first opened its doors at Nation in 1992. The venue is being demolished as part of a £40m redevelopment of Wolstenholme Square. Cream will be rebuilt there as a new subterranean superclub.