Man killed falling 500ft on first day of Ibiza holiday as girlfriend speaks out

A heartbroken woman pretends her boyfriend is still with her after watching him fall to his death on holiday.

Rose Phillips and Richard Canavan, 30, were celebrating their 16th anniversary in Ibiza when Richard tragically slipped 500ft off a cliff.

Losing her childhood sweetheart caused 29-year-old Rose to "literally shut down" as she tried to drink away her grief following the tragedy in August last year.

Speaking to the ECHO, Rose from Liverpool said: "I was just obsessed with him, anyone who knew me knew I was, and we just stayed together for years, we had our own style of relationship.

"It was the first day we got there that he slipped off the mountain."

After the tragedy, Rose said she struggled with the loss of Richard and turned to alcohol and "lost a lot of weight" as she grieved.

She said: "I didn't believe it and I didn't want to believe it for a long, long time.

"I was drinking a lot if I am honest with you. I literally just shut down and the only way to make myself feel like it wasn't real was drinking and partying and I lost a lot of weight."

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Rose said as well as the death of Richard, she had not long lost her job due to the pandemic and said: "Everything was overwhelming."

Over the last two months after a week's stay at a meditation retreat with no contact with the outside world, Rose says she has found a purpose in life again.

Now she is living her life how Richard would have wanted, affectionately known as "Mr Funky" due to his outgoing personality, habit of wearing colourful and standout clothes, and reference to the song Funkytown.

She said she now wants to dedicate her life to honour and celebrate Richard's life and memory.

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The 29-year-old told the ECHO: "Just after the year anniversary, I knew I was either going to go two ways.

"I could either die because of my lifestyle, I was running myself into the ground in the name of him or I could bounce back try and do something in honour of him and live for him."

Rose is now in the process of setting up an events business called Funkytown Events and is now known as "Mrs Funky".

Her first event called "Funky Christmas Event" will take place on December 11 at North Shore Troubadour on Carlton Street in the city centre.

She said this way she is "keeping Richard's memory alive in every sense possible."

To find out more about Funkytown Events and Rose's Christmas event please click here.

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