Aussie surfer found dead on Bali beach

Australian Associated Press
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An Australian man has been found dead on a popular surf beach in Bali.

Authorities in Bali say the man was found lying face down under some stairs leading to Suluban Beach, South Kuta on Sunday morning.

The 50-year-old is believed to have been from Perth but had been living in Bali for most of the past decade. He has been named as Taras Mulik.

The cause of his death is not yet known.

Pecatu beach lifeguard supervisor, Wayan Somer, told AAP the Australian was found by a surfer heading to surf about 8.30am on Sunday.

Bali, October 19, 2002.The very obvious and immediate effect on tourism in Bali after the October 12 bombing of 2 popular tourist bars in Kuta which killed almost 190 people many of which were Australian. With the latest warnings from Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs for all Australian tourists and expatriates to leave Indonesia and the South East Asia region, leaving many normally busy resorts close to empty, beaches and shopping districts  deserted. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins) NO ARCHIVING  Bali, October 19, 2002.The very obvious and immediate effect on tourism in Bali after the October 12 bombing of 2 popular tourist bars in Kuta which killed almost 190 people many of which were Australian. With the latest warnings from Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs for all Australian tourists and expatriates to leave Indonesia and the South East Asia region, leaving many normally busy resorts close to empty, beaches and shopping districts  deserted. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins) NO ARCHIVING
Mr Mulik's body was found on a popular beach in Kuta. Source: AAP/File

"We immediately co-ordinated with the village's COVID task force and police. The victim was evacuated by lifeguards and the team and taken to hospital," Wayan said.

"We knew the victim ... he rents a house not far from the area."

Wayan said he did not know the cause of death, saying the man was bleeding from the mouth and his chest was blue.

A local, Imam Wahyudi, said he had recognised the man as someone he knew from the area.

Tributes flow on social media

As news of Mr Mulik’s death broke, friends took to Facebook to pen touching tributes.

“You will be missed forever and always,” one man wrote. “The beautiful moments and friendship you shared with all of us will never be forgotten.”

“You were an absolute legend,” another said. “Gave everybody a room or ur shirt off ur back [sic] an Indo legend ur going to be sadly missed mate RIP.”

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