A TALENTED trainee tattoo artist was discovered lifeless in his Bali hostel on the day he was on account of return residence.
Nico Hicks, from Brighton, was gaining expertise at a tattoo studio on the paradise island earlier than his demise.
The 28-year-old was on account of go away North Kuta and return to England when he was discovered lifeless by a pal.
An inquest into his demise at Brighton Coroner’s Courtroom has been introduced for later this 12 months.
Heartbroken pals have paid tribute on social media, with one saying: “Relaxation in peace Nic, you had been imagined to be again to England yesterday, might God bless your soul.”
Whereas one other pal wrote: “Relaxation in peace brother, can’t consider it two days in the past is the final time I’ll see your smile. I’m going to overlook you”.
Nico left college at a younger age and travelled the world whereas working a number of jobs, together with chefing, bartending, fruit choosing and reception work.
On social media, Nico shared images of his travels round Indonesia, together with visiting one among its primary tourism websites, Mount Batur in Bali.
He additionally managed a lodge known as Capsule Resort New Seminyak in Bali, which received a traveller’s alternative award from Tripadvisor in 2016.
Nico, who was a gifted illustrator, determined to chase his “longstanding dream” by beginning a web based illustration course at Periods School.
The school, which presents on-line diploma and certificates packages in artwork, design and images, listing him on-line as a scholar ambassador.
Earlier than his demise, Nico had an apprenticeship at a tattoo studio in Bali.
The Overseas, Commonwealth and Growth Workplace has been involved with Indonesian authorities and Nico’s household following his demise on April 16.
A spokesman mentioned: “We had been involved with Indonesian authorities following the demise of a British man in Bali in April and supported his household throughout this tough time.”
A celebration of Nico’s life was held in Could and was attended by dozens of family and friends.
Throughout the occasion, buddies had been seen singing Nico’s title to the tune of Entire Once more by Atomic Kitten – a tune that has lately been repopularised by England football followers.
An inquest into Nico’s demise is because of be held on the finish of August.
Bali, in Indonesia, is a well-liked spot for vacationers from all internationally. It’s recognized for its mountainous inside of lush forests, clear lakes and sandy seashores.
The island is standard with individuals passing by Thailand and travelling on to Australia.
Overseas workplace coverage states when somebody dies overseas that it’s all the way down to the following of kin to “determine between a neighborhood burial, a neighborhood cremation, or bringing the particular person or their ashes residence, which is called repatriation”.