Best friend of man who died after falling 15m from a hotel balcony sent a desperate two-word text message to friends – as it’s revealed what he did in the minutes leading up to his death
- Seth James Luhrs, 24, fell to his death from a seventh-floor hotel balcony in 2018
- He had been staying with friends at a hotel in Cairns when he fell 15 metres
- Mr Luhrs was sharing room with Sean Clift and the pair took drugs, inquest heard
- Mr Clift bought drugs off a friend and sent a worrying message later that night
The best friend of a man who died after plunging from a seventh-floor hotel balcony sent a worrying message to friends after the fatal fall, an inquest has heard.
Seth James Luhrs, 24, had been staying with friends at the Rydges Esplanade Hotel in Cairns on April 1, 2018, when he fell 15m from his seventh-floor balcony and hit steel awnings on the first floor.
Mr Luhrs travelled with a group of friends to spend the Easter long weekend in Cairns and was sharing a room with Sean Clift, 21.
Seth James Luhrs (pictured), 24, died after plunging from a seventh-floor hotel balcony in 2018
An inquest into the 24-year-old’s death on Wednesday heard Mr Luhrs and Mr Clift had taken LSD and MDMA, the Cairns Post reported.
Another friend, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told the court Mr Clift bought LSD off him but he warned the pair not to take it because it was strong.
‘I want the tabs,’ Mr Clift told the friend when he entered his hotel room.
After the pair took the drugs, Mr Clift sent the friend multiple text messages begging him to return to the hotel.
He then sent a worrying message: ‘Seth’s dead.’
Mr Clift told the court he did not mean it literally and said it was ‘nothing serious’ because he thought ‘dead’ meant too drunk.
Footage of the moment three police officers entered the hotel room after the fall was played in court, showing Mr Clift sitting on his bed just before 2am.
In the video Mr Clift can be heard telling police he had just woken up and ‘didn’t know what the f**k was going on’.
Mr Luhrs had been staying with friends at the Rydges Esplanade Hotel (pictured) in Cairns on April 1, 2018, when he fell 15metres from his seventh-floor balcony
Detective Senior Constable Jeremy Carter said they believed it was Mr Clift who had fallen at first because the night manager caught him walking around the foyer in just his underwear.
Two years before his death, Mr Luhrs had been diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis, an ongoing condition that caused joint inflammation.
Mr Luhrs older brother, Zeb, told the court the condition did not change his brother’s ‘happy-go-lucky’ mindset.
An inquest into the 24-year-old’s death on Wednesday heard