Tragic reason a footballer, 39, was hit by a train and killed while jogging in Italy – as his heartbroken brother reveals how he was living the dream after surviving the Bali Bombings
- Jake Ryan, 39, died in Sicily following a holiday spanning Europe and the U.S.
- Mr Ryan was 21 when he survived the 2002 Bali Bombings that killed 202 people
- He died two days after sharing a commemorative post on the 18th anniversary
- It has been revealed he was jogging with headphones on when his by a train
The tragic reason why a popular sports-loving Australian man who survived the Bali Bombings in 2002 died while jogging in Italy has been revealed.
Jake Ryan, 39, was jogging with headphones when he was inadvertently hit by a train in the Sicilian city of Noto on Tuesday morning.
His loving brother Mitch told the Gold Coast Bulletin he had just started a new job with a New York-based company better.com and was working remotely after meeting up with friends at the glamourous destination.
‘He was going for a run with his headphones in and from what I picked up, he didn’t understand the width of the train and he was clipped,’ Mitch said.
‘The train driver’s initial report said he didn’t have any time or space for him to pull up and it all happened pretty bloody quickly.’
Mitch said that while the world had come to a standstill in the midst of the coronavirus, Jake was still ‘living the dream’.
Jake Ryan, 39, (pictured right) had been on a dream holiday through the United States and Europe and had been staying at a bed and breakfast in Avola, Noto while working remotely for move.com
He was jogging with headphones on and was inadvertently hit by a train in the Sicilian city of Noto on Tuesday morning (pictured, a Sicilian train stops at the Taormina railway station in Avola, near Noto)
The former Gold Coast Suns academy coach from 2012 to 2016, had just traveled throughout the United states and Europe while working for the online real estate company.
Italian police investigated the circumstances surrounding the tragic incident and carried out surveys to reconstruct the moments before Jake was struck, the Giornale Di Sicilia newspaper reported.
The driver had stopped the train and tried desperately to revive Mr Ryan but his injuries were too severe.
Mitch and Jake both were both in Kuta in 2002 when terrorists bombed the Sari nightclub killing 202 people including 88 Australians.
Just two days before his death, Jake posted about the 18th anniversary of the attacks.
’18 years.. a lifetime ago.. yet seems like yesterday.. you see pics like this and you reflect back and I just think how lucky we were to get home.. some weren’t.. our love, prayers, thoughts and support with you and your families today,’ he wrote.
‘Being on the trip I’m on at the moment is a perfect reminder of how lucky I am. Why you have to have a crack everyday, do as much as you can, and live as much of a life as you can for the ones who lost theirs.’
Jake shared the heartfelt post alongside a photo of the rubble following the bombings.
Jake Ryan, 39, died in Sicily just two days after taking to Instagram to commemorate the 18th anniversary of the Bali Bombings
Mr Ryan shared the heartfelt post alongside a photo of the rubble of the bombings, which killed 202 people and injured a further 209
Just a week ago the former Gold Coaster shared photos of his travels at the Colosseum in Rome, the London Bridge, Miami and Texas
Since his brother’s heartbreaking death, Mitch said the family have been inundated with messages of support.
Fellow Bali Bombing survivor Andrew Csabi said he was devastated when he heard of Mr Ryan’s passing, saying the pair had a ‘bond for life’ after the attacks.
‘I remember Jake just being a typical young Aussie man, he didn’t fear anything. He loved his family and he loved his mates. He was flamboyant, fit, outgoing, everyone likes him.’ Mr Csabi told the Gold Coast Bulletin.
‘I went to his family’s birthdays, I went to Mitch’s 21st, family outings and we’d catch up on anniversaries. It’s a bond you’ve got for life after Bali,’ he said.
‘Sad day today as we lost one of the best! RIP great man Jake Ryan, never met a bloke to live life harder or better than him,’ one friend wrote on social media.
‘Can’t believe it. You were living each day to the full and with such a grateful heart. Rest In Peace,’ said another.
‘Love ya legend. Unbelievable energy and fun. Devastated,’ a third wrote.
Jake was just 21 when horrifying blast while on holiday on the Indonesian party island with his brother.
Australian Jake Ryan, Bali Bomb survivor, throws rose petals over a shrine on the Coast this evening in remembrance the 2002 terrorist attack in Bali
‘I know what pain really is after that. I was ready to pass out but was so scared of never waking up again,’ he told the Border Mail.
‘I saw some very ordinary things, people missing limbs trying to escape, being burnt to death etc. I think when I went back to the front of the club to look for my brother (Mitch), there was no road or pavement. I was literally standing on dead bodies. They were also burning hot as the fire was raging. That stays with me definitely.’
Jake suffered severe stomach and foot injuries in the powerful explosion.
‘I remember before going in to the op theatre in Bali and thinking if this is it?,’ he said.
‘Thinking of my family, my gran, my dogs, my mates, I’d tried my hardest with my footy, I thought about my funeral, what songs they would play, who would carry me out, how many would be there.’
Doctors were forced to chop off his right heel as it was ‘just flapping’.
Just a week ago the former Gold Coaster shared photos of his travels at the Colosseum in Rome, the London Bridge, Miami and Texas.
Mr Ryan (right) suffered severe stomach and foot injuries from the horror blast at the Sari Club