Dean McKeon, 33, who was found by a security guard at the C&N Hotel in Patong at 6.40am on Saturday, has been described as a “beautiful bloke”, the Geelong Advertiser reported.
His mother Rayna McKeon said her son, lovingly nicknamed “Deanos”, was generous to a fault.
“Dean was the most humble, amazing, kind-hearted man and even today we are learning just how valued and appreciated he was by his friends and work colleagues,” Mrs McKeon said.
“Dean was most comfortable and outgoing when with his massive circle of friends, to whom he was exceptionally loyal. He would give his last dollar to those in need.”
The Phuket Wan News reported that Mr McKeon may have been sleepwalking when he fell from the low balcony at his hotel room.
He may have fallen two hours before he was found, local police said.
Police Lieutenant Jakapong Lurn-on said officers woke Mr McKeon’s friends when they were alerted to the discovery of his body.
Mr McKeon’s sister Kerryn Skuza, 39, told the Herald Sun that the family was still in shock at his death.
“Everybody loved him, he was just the most beautiful, kind person. He had a wonderful group of friends he was living with in Geelong,” she said.
“He was the kindest, really the most kind hearted gentle person. His Facebook page is just amazing at the moment, people are just saying what a fantastic person he was.”
Ms Skuza said a relative of one of the friends Mr McKeon was travelling with has flown to Thailand to help bring his body home.
They are unsure of when Mr McKeon’s remains will be brought home as the police investigation is continuing and early efforts to find out information were hampered by the accident happening on a weekend.
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