Nimbin man, Jake Monahan.
Nimbin man, Jake Monahan. Facebook

Mum's heartfelt thanks to community after son's death

UPDATE, Wednesday, 11.15am: THE mother of Nimbin man, Jake Monahan, has thanked the community for their "kind words of love and support" since the 26-year-old's death after he took an unknown substance at a New Year's Day rave at Mt Lindesay.

Posting on Facebook as Leiza Mona, Jake's mum expressed her gratitude to the Nimbin community on Facebook.

"I am so grateful that I live in a community where so many people went out of their way to make things a little less painful. To the ones that held my hand all night," she wrote.

"The many, many people who showed their love for Jake in so many ways. I'll never be able to thank you all enough."

 

UPDATE, Tuesday, 4.10pm: A LOVELY lad is how one of many friends of the late Jake Monahan are remembering the late 26-year-old, who died after taking an unknown substance at a New Year's Day rave at Mt Lindesay on the NSW-Queensland border.

Many are remembering the Nimbin man's kind and happy personality.

"Forever young" is how Margaret Hayes described Jake in an online message of condolence.

"Such sadness and grief for everyone who loved and respected Jake and his kind heart and fun-loving nature," Ms Hayes wrote on Facebook.

Another woman wrote an impassioned post on Facebook remembering Jake.

"You're the light to my darkness. The smoke to my high. I'm your captain and you're my first mate," the post read.

"We are each other's mirror image and our souls magically connect ... both stubborn as f*** and always right loving you is simply the best!

"Monzy boy don't you ever forget forever I'll love you."

 

UPDATE, 9.40am: THE Nimbin man who died after a suspected drug overdose at a New Year's Day party has been identified.

Tributes are emerging on social media to honour the memory of Jake Monahan.

 

 

On Facebook, Willow Williams wrote: "Good travels my friend .I will miss you."

 

Jake's death was confirmed by a family member, the Gold Coast Bulletin reported.

A smoke cleansing ceremony is planned tonight at 6pm in Nimbin to grieve Jake's death.

In a post on Nimbin Hook-ups, Simonetta Zigaldo said the ceremony will be hosted after "another tragic premature farewell in the middle of our bitten town."

The scene of a New Year's day rave at Mount Lindesay rave where a Nimbin man has died and two other Northern Rivers men remain at the Gold Coast University hospital in a critical condition after taking a lethal substance.
The scene of a New Year's day rave at Mount Lindesay rave where a Nimbin man has died and two other Northern Rivers men remain at the Gold Coast University hospital in a critical condition after taking a lethal substance. Mark Calleja

INITIAL, Monday 4pm: POLICE have confirmed a 26-year-old Nimbin man died after taking an unknown drug at the New Year's Day rave at a Mount Lindesay property.

A 29-year-old Clothiers Creek man and a 25-year-old Nimbin man are still in critical conditions at the Gold Coast University Hospital after taking the mysterious drug.

The men were rushed to the hospital via the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter yesterday morning.

Secretary of the Help End Marijuana Prohibition party (HEMP) Party, Andrew Kavasilas, said the Nimbin man's death was devastating for the community, which he said has endured the pain of losing numerous young people in various tragic circumstances.

"Nimbin has tragically lost a lot of youth lately," Mr Kavasilas said.

"This will hit the community again."

He said the 26-year-old's death "compounds on other youth deaths in the last 12 months."

Mr Kavasilas said the tragedy renewed his calls for police drug testing at festivals.

More broadly, Mr Kavasilas advocated for experts from Nimbin to be included in the national conversation about drug use.



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