Tuesday, 27 Oct 2020

Bali bombing survivor dies in ‘freak accident’ on holiday days after tragic post

A Bali bombing survivor died in a 'freak accident' in Italy while on holiday, it has been reported.

Jake Ryan, from the Gold Coast in Australia, died just days after posting on social media in memory of the 2002 tragedy.

"Eighteen years… a lifetime ago… yet it seems like yesterday," he wrote on Facebook on Monday.

“You reflect back and I just think how lucky we were to get home. Some weren’t.

“Our love, prayers, thoughts and support with you and your families today.

“For us lucky ones that got home … forever thankful.

“Being on the trip I’m on at the moment is a perfect reminder of how lucky I am.

“Why you have to have a crack every day, do as much as you can, and live as much of a life as you can.”

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Tributes poured in on social media for Mr Ryan, who played Australian rules football in Queensland and Victoria.

“Sad day today as we lost one of the best! RIP great man Jake Ryan. Never met a bloke to live life harder or better than him,” one man posted on Facebook.

Another wrote: “RIP to my friend Jake Ryan. Bali bombing survivor, footballer, man who lived his time to the fullest. His story was amazing. Lots of bro love for this guy and many big nights at the events we did together. Life cut too short.”

One said in tribute: “Shattered to hear that we lost one of the most beautiful blokes in the world today. You lived life to the fullest champ, you were an inspiration to us all. We’ll miss you mate!”

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