Mu­si­cian dies in Viet­nam mys­tery

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - NI­CHOLAS MCELROY ni­cholas.mcelroy@news.com.au

“I’ve never felt like I was in her shadow or any­thing be­cause we’re re­ally close and she’s so sup­port­ive,” she said.

“We grew up to­gether on the Coast and still work to­gether a lot … we went to a heap of dif­fer­ent schools – St A GOLD Coast fam­ily has been left “shocked and numb” in the wake of the mys­te­ri­ous death of a tal­ented mu­si­cian, rugby league player and busi­ness­man dur­ing a one-night stopover in Viet­nam.

The body of 35-year-old Luke Hes­sion ar­rived back in Aus­tralia on Thurs­day af­ter­noon af­ter the for­mer rugby league player was dis­cov­ered dead af­ter a night out drink­ing on Satur­day last week, ac­cord­ing to his wife Ash­leigh.

The news of Mr Hes­sion’s death has rocked friends and fam­ily in Aus­tralia and in Los An­ge­les, where Mr Hes­sion was based for the past few years with his wife and brother Aaron, who he was pur­su­ing a mu­si­cal ca­reer with.

Be­fore be­gin­ning the band Shikobi, Mr Hes­sion played rugby league for the New­cas­tle Knights, Cronulla Sharks and Wests Tigers be­fore a stint in France.

When Mr Hes­sion re­turned to the Gold Coast he suc­cess­fully man­aged per­sonal train­ing gyms with his wife.

Friends said he was a mas­sive Red Hot Chili Pep­pers fan Hilda’s, St An­drews, Kevin’s and Som­er­set.

“I ac­tu­ally knew Mar­got Rob­bie in pri­mary school (at Som­er­set). “It’s crazy to see how well she’s do­ing now, I’m so proud of her, she’s such an amaz­ing per­son.” St and showed peo­ple “you could have an awe­some life if you had a crack”.

Mrs Hes­sion said was des­per­ate for an­swers about the fi­nal mo­ments of her hus­band’s life.

“I am numb about it, it’s just been a week from hell, I just can’t let it go un­til I see him,”

Ms Hem­brow, who lives in a swanky Surfers Par­adise high­rise, splits her time be­tween the Glit­ter Strip and some of the most beau­ti­ful parts of the world.

“One of the best things about this job is def­i­nitely the Mrs Hes­sion said. She said she felt some­thing was wrong when he failed to re­spond to phone mes­sages and board his flight to Los An­ge­les from Ho Chi Minh City last week­end.

So she called the ho­tel Mr Hes­sion was stay­ing in and learned the dev­as­tat­ing news.

“(Ho­tel staff) said ‘I’m so travel,” she said. “I’ve loved go­ing to the Mal­dives, Abu Dhabi, Italy and Paris.

“When I was in uni, be­ing an ‘in­flu­encer’ wasn’t a thing.

“I never thought this is where I’d end up.” sorry ma’am, your hus­band’s dead’ and I was just hys­ter­i­cal,” Mrs Hes­sion said.

“I was scream­ing at him ‘tell me where he is?’ They were like ‘we don’t know we sent him off to a morgue with­out a foren­sic team’.”

Since Mr Hes­sion’s death, al­most 200 friends, fam­ily and loved ones have raised $36,000 to repa­tri­ate his body and fly his labradors Mad­den and Morello back to Aus­tralia.

Mrs Hes­sion said she and her hus­band sep­a­rated about a year ago but con­tin­ued to live to­gether with his brother Aaron and their two dogs in LA.

Mr Hes­sion’s fu­neral will be held on Fri­day at 1pm at the Tweed Val­ley Ceme­tery and Cre­ma­to­rium on Ev­i­ron Rd in Du­ran­bah.

Fol­low­ing the fu­neral, Mrs Hes­sion said she planned to fly to Ho Chi Minh City in a search for an­swers.

“I want to speak to the po­lice, I want to speak to the morgue, I want to speak to the ho­tel, be­cause I want to know what state his body was in, what hap­pened, what was in the room, like, had he thrown up,” she said.

“I want to piece to­gether some kind of chain of events.”

Luke Hes­sion died af­ter a night out in Viet­nam.

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