Thomas Cook has confirmed a woman who died on a holiday in Egypt was a travel agent who worked in its Burnley branch.

Susan Cooper, 63, was on a Cook holiday in Hurghada with her husband John, aged 69.

The Burnley branch where Cooper worked has closed today ‘out of respect’, the company said.

The couple were staying at the Steigenberger Aqua Magic hotel in the Red Sea resort town of Hurghada.

Unconfirmed reports claim Mr Cooper suffered a heart attack and his wife, a a long-serving employee, died shortly after.

Cook has not given any details on how they died and an investigation is underway.

In a statement, chief of Thomas Cook UK, Ingo Burmester said: “We are deeply saddened by the deaths of two of our customers while on holiday in Hurghada in Egypt, one of whom was a loyal and long-serving member of our Thomas Cook family.

“Our focus is on fully supporting their loved ones. We are urgently investigating with the hotel and supporting the local authorities.”