Tributes flow for Gold Coast man who took his own life at funeral: 'Lost for words'

·News Reporter
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Tributes are flowing for a Gold Coast man who took his own life at a funeral in front of shocked mourners last Tuesday.

Spike Porter, 25, attended a service for a friend at the Pimpama Island Cemetery at Jacobs Well when he suddenly ended his life in the back of a car involved in the funeral procession.

Paramedics and fellow mourners who witnessed the incident frantically tried to save the Queensland man, but he died at the scene from head injuries before a helicopter arrived, The Courier Mail reported.

Man Spike Porter smiling holding baby
The 25-year-old Gold Coast man reportedly took his own life at a funeral in front of shocked mourners. Source: Go Fund Me

Mr Porter's twin brother, Eddie, updated his Facebook profile picture following his brother's sudden death. The pair are laughing and smiling in the playful photo.

Friends remember 'one of a kind' man

Friends and family have been left shocked by the news with many taking to Facebook to share their devastation.

"Lost for words over another life lost in this way. Your fight is over and you can rest easy. My heart is shattered for your entire family and all your friends," one posted.

Another considered Mr Porter a "one of a kind" individual and said; "this world will never be the same without you".

"I loved you more than you will ever know little brother, no measure of time will ever heal the hole you've left in me. To say you will be missed doesn't quite cut it, I will remember and think of you for the rest of my days," they added.

Others said their "heart is shattered" by the news that feels like "a bad dream."

"I wish you could of [sic] seen yourself and loved yourself in the same way that we all see and love you. You had a heart too big for this world brother, [sic]" someone else shared.

Spike Porter and twin brother Eddie laughing (left) Spike Porter smiling sitting on beach (right)
Friends and family, including his twin brother, Eddie, shared tributes on Facebook following Mr Porter's sudden death. Source: Facebook

Money raised for grieving family

A GoFundMe campaign was set up for the family on Friday with hopes of raising $25,000 for any "unexpected costs they are now dealing with."

"Spike is a son, a brother, a twin, an uncle, and loved by us all. He means so much to everyone and will be forever missed," campaign organiser Bridie Pipe wrote.

Sharing the fundraiser on Facebook she said "every little bit helps."

"Let’s help this beautiful family as much as we can, help give them the time they need to grieve while taking some of the financial pressures off the family," she wrote.

So far more than $22,000 has been raised.

Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636, Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467.

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