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Aussie family's grief after Thailand death

AAP logoAAP 7/08/2016 By Tracey Ferrier and Luke Costin

The family of a young Melbourne man found dead at the bottom of a Bangkok high-rise is struggling with their loss as Thai police hunt for a mystery woman he'd been with hours earlier.

Joshua Edward Beath, 25, was found dead last month, having apparently fallen seven storeys from his hotel room.

Thai police are looking for a local woman he'd taken to the hotel the night before he died, but who left before police responded to reports of a body at the foot of the building.

Media reports have said there were no signs of a struggle in the hotel room, nor any indication that he was a victim of crime.

In an obituary published in the Herald Sun, family members spoke of their grief at losing their loved one in what they described as an accident.

"A piece of our family puzzle has been tragically taken and cannot be replaced. Words cannot describe how Josh touched all our hearts and everybody he met," the notice read.

"We will miss your cheeky grin and your humorous intellect and huge heart."

Family and friends have raised almost $25,000 on the crowdfunding website gofundme.com to bring Mr Beath's body home for burial in Melbourne.

"The support thus far has been unfathomable," organiser Jorden Harris said in a statement on his page.

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