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British dad confirms wife and children died in Sri Lanka attacks
A British dad has confirmed the deaths of his "perfect wife" and "amazing" children in a heartbreaking statement following the Easter Sunday terror attacks in Sri Lanka.
Lawyer Ben Nicholson was waiting for breakfast with wife Anita, 42, son Alex, 14, and daughter Annabel, 11, when the Shangri-La Hotel in the capital city of Colombo was targeted - one of eight locations hit in a series of blasts that killed at least 310 people, including eight Britons.
Mr Nicholson said the attack happened as the family were sitting at their restaurant table, adding: "Mercifully, all three of them died instantly and with no pain or suffering."
His statement continued: "I am deeply distressed at the loss of my wife and children. Anita was a wonderful, perfect wife and a brilliant, loving and inspirational mother to our two wonderful children.
"The holiday we had just enjoyed was a testament to Anita's enjoyment of travel and providing a rich and colourful life for our family, and especially our children.
"Alex and Annabel were the most amazing, intelligent, talented and thoughtful children and Anita and I were immensely proud of them both and looking forward to seeing them develop into adulthood.
"They shared with their mother the priceless ability to light up any room they entered and bring joy to the lives of all they came into contact with.