Australian teenager, 19, dies while holidaying in Thailand

  • Daniel Talbot, 19, died in Thailand on Sunday
  • Queenslander remembered as a ‘good friend’ 
  • A GoFundMe has been launched for the family 

An Australian teenager has died in mysterious circumstances while holidaying in Thailand.

Daniel Talbot, 19, from the Gold Coast, passed away on Sunday with his devastated family now working to try and bring his body home.

Mr Talbot’s former teacher Dean Harawira said the family were still trying to find out more information about what happened.

‘At this stage details of his passing are a little vague and the family are trying hard to deal with coroners and insurance and airline companies to get Daniel repatriated home to Australia as soon as possible,’ Mr Harawira said.

Tributes have poured in online for the teenager, who has been remembered as a vibrant person.

Friend Harlem Williams said Mr Talbot’s death ‘hasn’t quite set in yet’ because he doesn’t want to believe it. 

Daniel Talbot, 19, (pictured) has tragically died on an overseas holiday 

Mr Talbot was visiting Thailand when tragedy struck over the weekend. Pictured: Stock image of Koh Tao, in Thailand

Mr Talbot was visiting Thailand when tragedy struck over the weekend. Pictured: Stock image of Koh Tao, in Thailand 

‘We love you brother and I can’t comprehend that you won’t be around to brighten up our day,’ he wrote online.

‘You were loud, obnoxious, super smart, super funny, a good friend, someone I always admired for their commitment and determination.’

‘Rest easy my g.’

Caleb Upton said Mr Talbot would be sorely missed. 

‘Wish I could’ve spent more time than I had with you,’ Mr Upton said.

‘You were always the kindest person and a true man.’ 

Sister Edyn Talbot changed her profile picture to an image of her and Mr Talbot when they were younger on Sunday.

‘Please come home to me,’ she wrote, alongside a broken heart emoji. 

Mr Talbot has been remembered as a 'good friend' who was 'super smart' and had a good sense of humour

Mr Talbot has been remembered as a ‘good friend’ who was ‘super smart’ and had a good sense of humour 

Mr Talbot worked for Padlockd Escape Rooms & Bar in Surfers Paradise, which released a statement on Tuesday saying it had ‘lost one of its own’.

‘Daniel was the life of the party, the light in every room and the reason for every laugh you’d hear from our game masters,’ the venue wrote on Instagram.

‘We will be closed today to allow our staff some time to process, and please bear with us while we come to terms with this loss as a team.’ 

Mr Harawira has set up a GoFundMe to help the family with the cost of retrieving Mr Talbot from Thailand and with funeral expenses. 

‘Daniel’s family would truly appreciate any financial assistance you can offer regardless of how small,’ he said.

‘If you are not in a position to donate at this time, we would be so appreciative if you could share it amongst your networks.’

The fundraiser had overwhelming success, reaching more than $24,000 of the $30,000 goal within 17 hours after it was launched on Monday. 

Daily Mail Australia has contacted the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for comment. 


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