by HAZEL HAMMOND
THE sudden death of a young Tynan man in America has sent shockwaves throughout the local community.
Philip Hagan, who was just 25, was discovered in his apartment by emergency services in Philadelphia on Saturday evening.
A much loved son of Aghavilly, Tynan and Middletown Rector, Rev Matthew Hagan and his wife Jennifer, Philip was also devoted to his brother, Dr Jonathan Hagan.
For the past two years, Philip – a past pupil of Howard Primary School, Dungannon and former Deputy Head Boy of Royal School Dungannon – had been living in Philadelphia.
Alarm bells were raised by colleagues after Philip – who worked as an Actuary for Cigna Health Care – failed to turn up for work on Friday.
Earlier in the week, he had been working from home for a couple of days after feeling unwell.
Philip’s heartbroken brother, Dr Jonathan Hagan, told the Ulster Gazette, while a post mortem has been carried out, the cause of death has still not been determined.
“When we couldn’t get in contact on Friday and Saturday, we were wondering why he hadn’t been replying. When his work colleagues contacted to say he didn’t show into work on Friday that set alarm bells ringing.”
After gaining entry to his apartment on Saturday evening, the emergency medical team pronounced Philip dead at the scene.
Jonathan described his younger sibling Philip as “a loving, caring brother” who was also “so hard working and conscientious”.
“He was such an intelligent, friendly young man who had his whole life ahead of him,” he said.
“He ended up in Philadelphia between his second and third year at Heriot-Watt because he was top of his year. He was awarded an internship to work with Cigna Health Care, so he did an 11 week internship in Philadelphia and they offered him a job at the end of that, once he graduated.
“He was very close to the family and was due to come home for Christmas on December 16.”
The family are now awaiting the return of the remains of their much loved son and brother, which is expected to take between seven and ten days.
“The Foreign Office in London have been brilliant and have been offering their support.
“The Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust have been hugely supportive and are actively involved in getting Philip home.
“The support of family, friends and the whole community has been brilliant and very comforting,” said Jonathan.