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Funeral held in Co Tyrone for Philip Hagan after body flown home from Philadelphia

Philip Hagan had been living in Philadelphia for the past two years

THE funeral was held yesterday in Co Tyrone for a "selfless" 25-year-old who died suddenly in the US.

Philip Hagan had been living in Philadelphia for the past two years and was due to fly home to to spend Christmas with his family just days after he was found dead in his flat on the evening of Saturday December 9.

Mourners gathered at 2pm in St Andrews Church, Killyman for his funeral, with interment afterwards in the adjoining churchyard.

His brother Jonathan paid tribute to the outgoing young man who spent a gap year spent working in a boarding school in New Zealand before starting studying actuarial science at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh.

A post mortem examination took place, but the cause of death had not been confirmed.

The former deputy head boy at The Royal School Dungannon had impressed Cigna Health Care so much during his internship that he was offered a job with the firm in Pennsylvania state.

Mr Hagan, who was from Tynan, was found dead by emergency services after they gained entry to his flat in the city's Marine Club Condominiums.

The alarm was raised after colleagues told his family he had failed to arrive for work - they had also been trying to contact on the Friday and Saturday.

His body was brought home with help from the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust.

His family paid tribute to the trust and "the whole community" for its support.

Donations in lieu of flowers are to be shared between the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust and Southern Area Hospice, Newry.

Mr Hagan is survived by his parents Matthew and Jennifer and brother Jonathan.

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