BMX star Dane Searls dies after balcony fall

Australian had been in a coma since Sunday night

Australian BMX star Dane Searls has died in hospital this morning from injuries sustained in a fall from a hotel balcony last weekend.

Searls, 23, fell from the first floor of Billy’s Beach House in Queensland’s Gold Coast last Sunday night and had been in a coma ever since. Sydney Morning Herald reported that he’d been attempting to jump into the hotel pool below but missed, landing on the concrete and suffering critical head and back injuries. He was rushed to hospital at around 8.30pm on Sunday evening but succumbed to his injuries this morning.

Just two days earlier he had set a new world record during a series of dirt jumps near Boonah, successfully landing an 18-metre gap jump. Tributes have been flooding in Searls on Twitter, with @TylerMcCaul saying: “Pourin’ one out in the dirt for a homie tonight. Ride in peace Dane Searls…you were a game-changer”.

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