PRACHUAP KIRI KHAN – British teenager Matt Lawlor, 19 has died during his gap year trip in Thailand after falling from a train while he tried to have a sneaky cigarette.
Matt Lawlor, described by his father as a ‘rising star’, is thought to have been standing in the area between two carriages when he fell from the moving train.
The teenager, from Bengeo, Hertfordshire, was traveling with friends from Bangkok to Koh Phangan but had stepped outside to smoke because it was banned inside the carriage.
His body was found lying in bushes next to the tracks, the day after the incident took place, on May 8.
Matt – who was due to return home later this month and had been in Thailand for just five days – was a budding film director 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.’
Matt had started his gap year adventure in January when he flew to Australia with friend Alex Bartels.
They were originally intending to return to England in July, but Matt had decided to fly home on May 29 after becoming homesick.
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