Hundreds turned out at Byron Bay's Red Devil Park today to say farewell to young surfer Ben Donohoe.
Hundreds turned out at Byron Bay's Red Devil Park today to say farewell to young surfer Ben Donohoe. Jerad Williams

Hundreds farewell Ben Donohoe

BYRON BAY was in mourning today as hundreds of friends and family gathered to say a final goodbye to a local ‘hero’, an ‘awesome bloke’ and a ‘fine young man’.

Twenty-year-old Ben Donohoe was tragically killed in a car accident in Byron Bay on Sunday when the car he was a passenger in collided with a tree on Bangalow Road.

It was a long, emotional day today for those who knew the popular Byron Bay local, with a paddle out in the morning and the funeral in the afternoon.

Among the locals was long-time friend and last year's Australian Idol winner Stan Walker who performed a cover of Leonard Cohen’s heart-wrenching song Hallelujah to an emotional crowd of almost 500 at Ben’s funeral.

This morning more than 400 grieving locals packed the beach at Broken Head as a pod of dolphins swam alongside about 200 boardriders who participated in the paddle out that was the ‘perfect send off for Ben’.

Read more:

Byron man, 20, killed in car crash

Byron mourns death of 'good bloke'

Red Devils perform for Ben

Devils win but with heavy hearts


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