Matthew Hall was dirt bike riding on the Sunshine Coast when he collapsed with heatstroke.

Matthew Hall died three weeks before the birth of his child. His heavily pregnant high school sweetheart is now a widow at 30.

The Virgin Australia pilot was dirt bike riding in the Beerburrum State Forrest with temperatures hovering in the low 30s when he became unwell.

When teams of paramedics reached him, he was confused and extremely hot.

Critical heatstroke starts at 41 degrees. Matthew’s temperature was 42.

His organs were shutting down and he deteriorated as the rescue helicopter landed.

His wife Emily described her husband as her “best friend and soul mate”

“I can’t fathom life without him but my strength is knowing he will live through his son,” Mrs Hall said in a touching tribute.

“I will love him enough for the two of us and I will make sure I do Matt proud and be the best mum to him.”

Dr Chris Zappala said it was crucial to maintain water intake, especially on hot days.

“When you’re in a really, really hot environment working quite hard it can be like seven to 10 litres a day, it can be enormous the amount of sweat we are losing,” he told 7 News.

UPDATE 6 February 2017

Emily has given birth to their baby boy three weeks after Matthew’s death.

“Matt and I created the most perfect little man. My reason, my everything,” Emily Hall wrote on Facebook after she gave birth to Harrison Matthew Alexander Hall on Thursday morning.

Emily is surrounded with friends and family for support.

Our thoughts are with Emily at this heartbreaking time.

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  • This is such a tragic case of not realising how quickly your head get not in a motorcycle helmet. They don’t have the ventilation that bicycle helmets do…. So sad he leaves behind his wife/ mother of his children including a newborn baby son he never met…and his son will never meet his Dad.
    He may also have been wearing protective clothing and would have over heated very rapidly in such hot weather.


  • Oh that’s sad


  • I never knew how quickly it could kill you – how devastating for her and her unborn son. I wish them both the best for their future!

    Thank you for sharing this heartbreaking story as it raises the issue of what can happen to even adults in severe heat


  • Sad news to hear, I wasn’t aware of the effects of heatstroke and how it can kill you so fast. What a beautiful couple my respects are with the family and he’s wife I hope she has alot of supportive friends and family to get her through this hard time.


  • Such a terrible thing to have happen – the going will be tough, but I am sure that Emily will pull through and be both mum and dad to her baby.


  • Such an easy death to have been avoided. We need to remember to keep our fluid intake up on hot days, especially when outside. So sad for his wife and unborn baby


  • My heart goes out to this poor family. It would be so hard bringing a baby into the world which would be so joyous but having to still deal with the grief of losing a partner.


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