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Tributes pour in for BMX legend killed in freak kayaking accident on river

staronline@reachplc.com (Sophie Bateman)

Tributes are flowing for a young Australian BMX star who was tragically killed in a freak kayaking accident.

The body of Charlie Gumley, 26, was found by a fisherman at 5.30am on Thursday morning last week.

He had left for a kayaking trip along the Logan River in Queensland just days beforehand.

Details of the circumstances of his death have not been made public.

His heartbroken fiancĂ©e Shanade Klarissa Thorley shared a photo of the couple together on Facebook which shows her arm draped over Mr Gumley’s shoulder.

Her post has been flooded with supportive messages from friends and family.

Heartbroken Shanade Klarissa Thorley posted this photo of herself and her late fiancé

“My baby, my heart is breaking for you,” one woman wrote.

“Thinking of you,” another said.

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“Beautiful picture of you two,” wrote another.

Mr Gumley was a legend in the BMX community for his impressive skills. He was the inventor of the “Twix”, a move where a rider spins their bike’s handlebars into a tailwhip.

Videos of Mr Gumley performing the stunt in front of impressed audiences have been widely viewed online.

“No way, RIP, Charlie,” a user on Vital BMX wrote in response to news of his death.

“I remember seeing that short clip and being blown away, but never bothered to look at the name.”

Mr Gumley was well-known within Australia’s BMX community

Another wrote: “Very young.”

Close friend Taylor King told The Courier Mail the BMX community had been hit hard by news of Mr Gumley’s untimely death.

“He was a very talented BMX rider, he was very well known at the Beenleigh Skatepark, he was an absolute animal on a bike,” he said.

“He has made such a special place in everyone’s hearts.”

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In May another kayaker’s body was found washed up on Long Beach near Batemans Bay, New South Wales.

No details of Mr Gumley’s death have been made public

Jeremy Worthy, 43, had posted a chilling video to Facebook just hours before he died in which he filmed himself battling an ocean swell in strong winds.

“This is tiring, pushing me where I don’t want to go,” he said in the clip.

“There’s no going back where I came, that’s too far.”

He said he was too “embarrassed” to call the marine rescue.

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