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MA­REEBA man SETH Luhrs was a force of na­ture, driven and pas­sion­ate, who would do any­thing for his fam­ily and friends and never let life get him down.

His loved ones are heart­bro­ken af­ter the 24-year-old’s life was cut trag­i­cally short when he fell from a bal­cony at Ry­dges Es­planade on Sun­day.

“He was a shin­ing bea­con of light for me,” older brother Zeb Luhrs said.

“He was al­ways there for his fam­ily. He’s helped us through so much and that’s the hard­est thing be­cause he’s gone and we have to get on with­out him.”

Seth had been look­ing for­ward to the Easter long week­end, hav­ing worked six days a week since the start of the year.

“It’s still so raw. He was my rock. He’s not just my brother, he’s my best mate,” Zeb said.

Seth had strug­gled with a de­bil­i­tat­ing med­i­cal con­di­tion that left him un­able to leave the house at times.

“He set an ex­am­ple for the whole fam­ily on how to live your life. It’s not what hap­pens that de­fines you, it’s how you deal with it. He just didn’t quit,” Zeb said.

He re­turned to work last year at the Mt Emer­ald Wind Farm.

Zeb said Seth had big plans.

“He just had this mas­sive drive. I’ve never met any­one like him. He just wanted to help peo­ple,” Zeb said.

The two broth­ers lived across the road from each other in Ma­reeba. Seth, one of six sib­lings in a close-knit fam­ily, had bought his house be­fore he was 21.

“One of the hard­est things at the mo­ment is see­ing his ute and his house and he’s not there,” Zeb said.

He was known as the life of the party with a wicked sense of hu­mour and a cheeky smile.

“He was al­ways ready with a help­ing hand,” Zeb said.

“He’s go­ing to be missed by a lot of peo­ple.”

Po­lice were treat­ing Seth’s death as sus­pi­cious.

“We’re run­ning an in­vesti- gations cen­tre with as­sis­tance from Cairns de­tec­tives and the homi­cide squad,” De­tec­tive Se­nior Sergeant Brad McLeish said.

A 19-year-old who had been as­sist­ing po­lice has been re­leased from cus­tody.

Heart­bro­ken fam­ily and friends are mourn­ing the death of Seth Luhrs, whose life was trag­i­cally cut short af­ter fall­ing from a bal­cony at Ry­dges Es­planade on Sun­day.

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