A young Irishman who died just two days after arriving in Australia had not been suffering from a health condition.
Police have now confirmed his death was ‘not suspicious’ .
Matthew McGuigan and his partner Clodagh Corr had flown into Sydney on Thursday night and were set to spend at least six months in the country.
But on Saturday, the police were called to an apartment in Eastgardens following reports of ‘a 24-year-old man was suffering a medical episode’.
‘The man … was taken to Prince of Wales Hospital, however (he) died a short time later,’ a NSW Police spokesman told Daily Mail Australia.
‘Initial investigations indicate the death was not suspicious, and a report is being prepared for the coroner.’
Sydney’s Irish community is coming together on Thursday night to remember Mr McGuigan at a memorial mass.
The close-knit ex-pat community, which is largely based around the city’s eastern beach suburbs, is gathering at St Brigid’s Catholic Church in Coogee at 6.30pm.
Sydney’s Irish community is coming together on Thursday night to remember Matthew McGuigan, 24, who died suddenly on Saturday just two days after arriving in Australia
The Sydney-based Cormac McAnallens Gaelic football club, which Mr McGuigan was set to play for, announced on Facebook that the mass is ‘to pay our respects to Matthew and provide support for all the Irish community’.
The Irish government is providing assistance to Mr McGuigan’s family through its consulate in Sydney.
The talented athlete had played at the under-18 level for Tyrone in Ireland’s football championship.
The county’s Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) said ‘Matty’s contributions to his team were nothing short of extraordinary, and his legacy as a player will forever be etched in the hearts of those who had the privilege of witnessing his prowess on the field.
‘His commitment to the game and his unwavering spirit has undoubtedly left an indelible mark on Kildress Wolfe Tones and the broader community in Tyrone.
‘We extend our deepest sympathies to the McGuigan and Treacy Families, to Matthew’s partner and friends,’ Tyrone GAA posted.
Mr McGuigan’s older brother, Darragh, paid tribute on social media, saying ‘Forever young, love you forever.
‘Very grateful to have you as a brother for 27 years of my life, don’t know how this has happened or why – I’ll never understand.’
Matthew McGuigan (pictured) was a talented athlete, playing both Gaelic football and soccer
A candlelight vigil has been held for Irishman Matthew McGuigan (left) who tragically died on Saturday just two days after he and his girlfriend Clodagh Corr (right) moved to Sydney
Kildress Wolfe Tones’ chairman Dominic McGurk told the Belfast Live publication that the whole community was ‘devastated’.
‘Matty has been our senior captain the last two years, he was our leader at 24 years of age. He became captain at just 22 years of age,’ he said.
‘He was the manager of our minor (under 18) team last Sunday, he was a committee member as well. He was just a real leader.’
On Monday night, a prayer vigil was held in Gortacladdy, County Tyrone for the man known as Matty, led by Catholic priest Father Paddy Hughes.
Fr Hughes told the Belfast Newsletter that there will ‘probably have to be a post mortem’ for Mr McGuigan in Sydney before his body could be sent home.
‘Everyone in the parish I have spoken to has a great word about Matty,’ Fr Hughes said.
An Irish charity called the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust is helping the McGuigan family to get his remains back to Ireland.
‘Please know everyone is welcome with open arms and hearts during this difficult period,’ the club, which Mr McGuigan was set to play for, said.
Mr McGurk said after arriving in Sydney, Mr McGuigan and his Ms Corr ‘had sent home photographs to family of them together standing outside in the sun in Australia’.
Matty McGuigan, who died in Sydney on Saturday two days after arriving from Australia, is pictured with his brother Darragh
Matty McGuigan is pictured with his girlfriend Clodagh Corr. The young Irish couple arrived in Sydney on Thursday, but Mr McGuigan tragically died on Saturday
The couple had planned to spend at least six months in Australia to experience a new way of life.
‘As much as we didn’t want him to go because he was our captain, it’s nice for people to go out and enjoy life,’ Mr McGurk said.
‘Little did we know that he would be coming home in these circumstances.’
As well as playing Gaelic football, Mr McGuigan also played soccer with his local club Cookstown Olympic.
‘Matty was a fantastic footballer and an even better person,’ the soccer club said in a statement.
A GoFundme appeal set up by a McGuigan family friend to provide assistance had already raised almost 14 times its goal figure by Wednesday afternoon, with more than 1,300 people having donated.
‘No words can express my sorrow and the heartache when I heard the terrible news of Matty’s passing … I know there is nothing we can do to take the pain away but I’m hoping by setting this page up it will help,’ the friend said.
Many of the tributes to Mr McGuigan have used the Irish language phrase ‘Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal’.
The direct translation is ‘may his holy soul be on the right side of God’ and it is used as the Irish version of rest in peace.