Wednesday 21 March 2018

Family still in dark on son's death in Colombia

Patricia McDonagh

THE father of an Irish backpacker who died suddenly in Colombia admitted he is still in the dark as to the cause of his son's death.

David Thorne (32) died in the city of Medellin on Easter Sunday.

On April 4 he suddenly became ill when staying in the Pitstop Hostel in the second largest city in Colombia.

An autopsy is currently being carried out on the body.

Speaking to the Irish Independent last night, Mr Thorne's father Frank, who is a retired garda, said he still did not know the full details.

"We have no information and we are just waiting to hear what happened," he said. "He was on a backpacking holiday and had been in Argentina and Chile.

"He was due home in a month's time. We are devastated at what happened."

The Department of Foreign Affairs also said it was awaiting "official notification" as to the cause of Mr Thorne's death.

The graphic designer, who grew up in the village of Curry in Co Longford, had taken time out from work to go travelling.

He had been living in Wales before he decided travel further afield.

He is survived by his mother Anne, sister and twin brother.

Irish Independent

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