British teenager killed in Thailand after falling from a train while smoking cigarette

May 16, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
Matt Lawlor died on his gap year after falling from a train in Thailand

Matt Lawlor died on his gap year after falling from a train in Thailand

A teenager on a gap year has died after falling from a train in Thailand while trying to have a sneaky cigarette.

Police said tragic Matt Lawlor, 19, is thought to have been standing in the area between two carriages as smoking is not allowed inside the trains.

He had only been in Thailand for five days and was travelling with friends from Bangkok to Phangan island when the tragedy happened on May 7.

His body was found the following morning lying in bushes next to the tracks.

Matt was a budding film director from Bengeo, Herts who was due to start a film studies degree at Brighton University in September.

His father Peter, 59, said: “He was really quirky, really funny and extremely intelligent. He was a rising star.

“For his coursework he had to make a film and they liked it so much, they are using it to show to other students.

“He was really hard-working and really dedicated. He wanted to finance the trip himself.”

His mother Deborah, 50, added: “His major love was music. Music was everything to him and he absolutely loved films.

“He also loved animals and I’m so happy that while he was out there he got to see so much nature and wildlife.”

Matt had started his gap year adventure in January when he flew to Australia with friend Alex Bartels and they were originally intending to return to England in July.

But he had became homesick and was planning to fly home on May 29 after the visit to Thailand, while Alex remained in Australia.

His parents, who have two other children, had been planning to meet him at Heathrow with his favourite homemade chocolate cake.

His father added: “I was so looking forward to seeing him and giving him a big dad hug.”

The Foreign Office said consular assistance was being provided to the family.

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