Published Monday, 30 June 2014
James Kelly, 25, had been enjoying a break at a resort on the Black Sea with his partner when he drowned on Wednesday.
On the day he died, he had earlier called his mum to tell her it was the best holiday he had been on.
His aunt, Irene Owens, told UTV that she didn't know how the family would cope with his loss.
"His mummy and daddy, I don't know how they are going to survive without seeing him," she said.
"She can't - she told me that the other day before she even flew out. She said: 'I don't know how I am going to get through one day without seeing his wee face'."
He was so close to shore ... How did that happen?
Irene Owens, relative
James leaves a daughter, aged just three.
"He loved the ground she walked on," his aunt added.
"He loved her that much. And this is going to be very hard too for that wee baby."
The young man was also a nephew of Bobby Moffett who was shot dead by paramilitaries in 2010.
His family suspect that he may have had an epileptic fit before getting into difficulty in the water and they have asked for a second autopsy to be carried out.
According to his mum, who has travelled to Bulgaria in the wake of the tragedy, they are hopeful of getting his body home later this week.
They have been receiving help and support from the family of young Newry man Kevin Bell, who set up a repatriation fund in his name after he was killed in a hit-and-run in the USA last year.
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