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Friday 18 August 2017

I'm still waiting to hear how my son died in Ibiza – dad

THE heartbroken father of a young Dublin man who died suddenly in Ibiza said today he is still waiting to find out the cause of his death.

Paul Guidon (50) said his son Paul (22) collapsed and died on the Spanish island when he went for a swim shortly before noon on Saturday.

"We won't be let see him until after the post mortem is completed," Mr Guidon told the Herald. "We're waiting for news that it's done before going out there."

The young Dubliner had been sitting with friends near a hotel swimming pool and, when they returned to their rooms around 11.30am, Paul told them he was going for a swim.

Shortly afterwards, his friends were contacted and told that Paul had collapsed.

"The ambulance men said he suffered a massive heart attack," said the grieving father from his home in Clondalkin.

"I'm not a religious man but God has an angel now. Paul was a beautiful man."

Paul had travelled to Ibiza with close friends on a last-minute holiday deal.

The young man had no history of heart problems, his father said. "My son was a gentle giant who was loved by so many people. Everybody loved him.

"Old ladies used to stop my wife Ann on the street to ask about Paul as he was such a well-mannered boy who became a well-mannered man.

"He had so many friends. He never let a friend go. His Facebook page seems to have thousands of messages," he said.

 

Hurling

He was "the apple of his mother's eye" and a great big brother to Dean and sister Jade (16), he said.

A keen soccer fan, Paul will be remembered with a minutes silence at a Saint Patrick's Athletic match in Inchicore on Friday night. He was also a big Manchester United fan and he enjoyed playing hurling with his brother Dean (13) on the green in front of their Boot Road home, said his father.

A post-mortem examination is expected to be carried out today or early tomorrow.

A Department of Foreign Affairs spokesperson said: "We are providing consular assistance to his family."

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