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Niamh Loader: Perth university student dies after flying to Bali for minor dental treatment

Niamh Loader: Perth university student dies after flying to Bali for minor dental treatment

Mystery as Australian university student suddenly dies in Bali after travelling to the holiday island for ‘minor dental treatment’ – as local police launch investigation

  • Niamh Loader, 25, travelled to Bali to receive minor dental treatment this month
  • Her father said she was ‘very happy’ with the results before she suddenly died
  • Autopsy on her body was done on Monday two weeks after her untimely death
  • Friends and family have paid tribute to University of Western Australia student

The death of a university student who flew to Bali for a ‘minor’ dental treatment has left her devastated parents demanding answers as Indonesian police launch an investigation several weeks after she died. 

Niamh Finneran Loader, 25, flew to the popular holiday island from Mandurah, about an hour south of Perth, to receive a dental treatment in early December. 

An autopsy of the 25-year-old’s body was only done on Monday, two weeks after Ms Loader’s untimely death on the holiday island.  

The talented student had been ‘very happy’ with the results of the minor procedure, her father Malcolm Loader told the West Australian

‘The police are currently investigating… we have no idea (of what caused her death) at this stage,’ Mr Loader said. 

Niamh Finneran Loader, 25, flew to the popular holiday island from Mandurah, about an hour south of Perth, to receive a dental treatment in early December

Niamh Finneran Loader, 25, flew to the popular holiday island from Mandurah, about an hour south of Perth, to receive a dental treatment in early December 

An autopsy of the 25-year-old's body was only done on Monday, two weeks after Ms Loader's untimely death on the holiday island earlier this month

An autopsy of the 25-year-old’s body was only done on Monday, two weeks after Ms Loader’s untimely death on the holiday island earlier this month

The grief-stricken father said his daughter had an ‘amazing future ahead of her’.  

Her parents won’t know the cause of their daughter’s death for several weeks or even months as Indonesian police continue to investigate. 

The couple are currently in Bali where they will prepare to take Ms Loader’s body on its final journey home to Western Australia. 

A GoFundMe has since raised $36,000 to help cover the costs of repatriation. 

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on Tuesday confirmed her tragic death. 

‘DFAT is providing consular assistance to the family of an Australian who died in Bali,’ a spokesman said. 

Ms Loader's parents won't know the cause of her untimely death for several weeks or even months as police continue to investigate

Ms Loader’s parents won’t know the cause of her untimely death for several weeks or even months as police continue to investigate

Ms Loader was studying a masters degree in international relations and national security at the University of Western Australia. 

She was due to travel to the United States in February after the Mannkal Economic Education Foundation awarded her with an internship.

‘We are shocked and saddened to hear of her passing,’ a spokesman for the Foundation said.

‘She was a very bright student.’

The 25-year-old has been described as an ‘intelligent and dedicated’ student who immigrated to Perth from Ireland when she was a little girl. 

Her friends and family have responded with shock to the news of her death. 

‘Yesterday we lost an incredible woman,’ Chloe Loader wrote on social media. 

The 25-year-old has been described as an intelligent and dedicated young woman who had immigrated to Perth from Ireland when she was a little girl

The 25-year-old has been described as an intelligent and dedicated young woman who had immigrated to Perth from Ireland when she was a little girl

‘I’ve woken up today and the reality has hit me, hard, that she’s really gone. No matter the physical distance between us, we’ve been so close all these years.

‘From swings as kids, to clubbing as young adults, to watching dolphins in Australia, and all the chats in between, I’ll always cherish all our special memories together forever.’

‘We were all devastated by the sudden loss of our beautiful niece,’ Eoghan Finneran wrote on Facebook last week. 

‘Words can’t express our sorrow. Taken far too soon, at the age of just 25, from her heartbroken parents and loving brothers.’

‘Heaven is a brighter place this week. May God rest your gentle soul Niamh.’