‘Gentle giant’ dies suddenly on holiday in Thailand

Harley Fowler died suddenly when working out in Thailand.

A Kiwi exercise junkie, known as the gentle giant, has died suddenly while working out on holiday in Thailand. 

Father-of-three Harley Fowler was squeezing in one last workout before his flight back to New Zealand on Wednesday evening when he collapsed.

He was there celebrating his second anniversary with wife Amanda who friends say has been alone since his death.

Fowler and wife Amanda were overseas celebrating their second wedding anniversary when it happened.

Fowler and wife Amanda were overseas celebrating their second wedding anniversary when it happened.

“She called my husband when it happened, he collapsed when training and died in front of her … we don’t know what happened,” Quanita Taurua said.

Taurua and Fowler both worked as trainers at CrossFit Hibiscus Coast in Whangaparaoa.

“It’s heartbreaking for us all, we’re all really close to the both of them.

He also leaves behind three children.

He also leaves behind three children.

“He was a gentle giant, massive, and in the best shape he’s ever been, just training and eating well … he was a real character; people just loved him.”

As well as his wife, the 33-year-old leaves behind his son Kalani, 2, and stepsons Jakey and Jordan.

Taurua set up a Givealittle page to get them both back to New Zealand. “Let’s get the big fella home”. – Stuff



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