A British tourist has died while he was hiking up Mount Vesuvius after he reportedly suffered a heart attack as he was approaching the famous volcano's summit. 

The man has been named by Italian media as Mark John Irwin. The 56-year-old - who lives in the United States - was on holiday in Italy with his wife and two children. 

Mr Irwin suddenly fell ill near the top of the volcano. Despite the efforts of rescuers to save him, he died on the spot. 

In the past few days, Italy has been grappling with a heatwave which has seen temperature soar to as high as 40C in some parts of the country. 

However, on Sunday when Mr Irwan was hiking up the mountain  Paolo Cappelli, the president of an association of mountain guides who work at Vesuvius, has said the weather was around 27C. 

Speaking to The Telegraph, he said: 'It's very sad. It is pretty rare for this to happen on Vesuvius. 

'We have one death every one or two years which is not much considering the fact that around 3,000 people climb to the top of the volcano each day.' 

Across Europe, a number of tourists have died as the continents battles a warmer than usual June. 

At the start of the month, health guru and Mail columnist Micheal Mosley went missing while on a walk in the Greek island of Symi. 

Mr Mosley's disappearance sparked a five day manhunt before his body was discovered. 

Meanwhile, rescue teams are continuing to search for two French women, aged 73 and 64, on the island of Sikinos who have been missing for almost two weeks now. 

In Tenerife,Spanish police a leading a search for missing 19-year-old bricklayer Jay Slater who went missing eight days ago. 

The teenager from Lancashire has not been heard from since he called a friend to say he was he was lost, his phone was running out of battery and he needed water.

Mr Slater's family have now joined police in the Canary Islands trying to locate him.

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