Zeke Douglas.
Zeke Douglas. Contributed

'Fly high little man': Messages of love for Zeke Douglas

WEDNESDAY 10AM: Sunshine Coast mayor Mark Jamieson has offered his deepest condolences to the family of Zeke Douglas, who died after a 'toading' accident.

"I am sure the entire Sunshine Coast community joins with us in expressing their support for Zeke's family and friends now and into the future," Cr Jamieson said in a statement this morning. 

"On behalf of my fellow councillors and council staff, we offer our deepest condolences to Zeke's family, his friends and loved ones.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with them all at this very difficult time."

WEDNESDAY 8AM: Almost half of the funds needed to help the family of Zeke Douglas, the Sunshine Coast teen killled in a freak 'toading' accident, has been raised in 18 hours. 

Messages of love, support and sadness have accompanied donations of nearly $2500 on the GoFundMe page created on Tuesday after the 13-year-old's life support was switched off. 

"A true gentleman in every aspect, the care and consideration you showed to Harcourt was precious," Harcourt and Family wrote. 

"He always spoke of you as a big brother.

"You will be missed but never forgotten. Always in our hearts."

"RIP Zeke. Forever in our hearts, never forgotten. Fly high little man," Cassie Schroeder wrote on behalf of Brooke and Claydon. 

Zeke's grandmother Jacqui Douglas said Zeke was a kind and loving boy. 

"Forever young and forever in our hearts," she wrote. 

"Love you Zeke, you were taken too soon."

On her Facebook page Ms Douglas wrote "now he is with the angels playing music and turning scooter tricks in heaven." 


TUESDAY 4PM: A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise money for the family of Zeke Douglas, the Sunshine Coast teen killed in a freak 'toading' accident.

"We want to help his family out in a time of need," Michelle Newton wrote on the page.

"Zeke was a loving boy that was compassionate, kind and caring.

"He treated his friends, family and everyone with respect.

"Everyone in the Kuluin-Maroochydore area will always have the visions in (their) mind of Zeke on his scooter with his cheeky grin and sharing happiness where ever he went.

"(He) has touched the lives of so many people. His friends would like to help raise funds for his family to help with (the) funeral. So please everyone help out."

To donate visit: https://www.gofundme.com/zeke-lost-to-young?ssid=797660669&pos=1

3PM: Tributes are flowing for 13-year-old Zeke Douglas who died after he was accidentally struck in the head with a golf club.

"RIP my beautiful godson. You will be sadly missed by all," Nina Ellen wrote on Facebook.

"Very sad and condolences to his family and friends. RIP little man. This is so heart wrenching as I have kids too and that could of happened to one of them. Very upset, hope all the angels are flying around his family and friends," Lisa Hutton posted.

"So so tragic our deepest sympathies to Zeke's family and friends," Nicole Wykes commented.

"So so sad, he was just being a kid. Love and prayers to his family," Trish Dominiak said.



1PM: The Sunshine Coast teenager critically injured when he was struck in the head with a golf club has died in hospital, Brisbane Times has reported.

Zeke Douglas, 13, was on life support in Lady Cilento Hospital in Brisbane where his family made the decision to turn off his life support today.

He had been "toading" with friends near the former Horton Park Golf Course in Maroochydore when the accident happened.

He was knocked unconscious and received significant head injuries. 

The boy's distraught mother was working to revive him at the scene on Saturday when paramedics arrived. 

Zeke Douglas.
Zeke Douglas.

Queensland Ambulance Service Caloundra station officer-in-charge Toni Careless said the teenager had been with two other boys when it appeared one of the friends had accidentally struck him.

"An incident occurred where he was too close to his mate who swung the golf club that collected him in the head," Ms Careless said.

"He actually went straight down and went into cardiac arrest."

She said three paramedics crews were able to get the boy's heart started on the golf course.

"But he never regained breathing on his own."

Initial police investigations suggest the incident was a tragic accident. 


9AM: Friends of Sunshine Coast teenager Zeke Douglas, critically injured when he was struck in the head with a golf club, will turn Maroochydore State High School blue today. 

"His favourite colour was blue," a friend said. 

"We are trying to get people to wear just a bit of blue to show appreciation to him and his family."

Friends and schoolmates will find anything blue, and wrap it around wrists and ankles as they pray for for their mate.

Zeke, 13, was critically injured on Saturday night when he was "toading" with friends near the former Horton Park Golf Course in Maroochydore. 

He was knocked unconscious and received significant head injuries. 

Chloe Cuthbert, a friend of the Douglas family, told The Courier Mail the community was praying for Zeke's recovery.

"My thoughts are only with his family," she said.

"We are feeling very unsettled at this time. (He) was very active and full of life. All prayers (are) that he wakes up."

Maroochydore State High School principal Barry Dittman said in a statement to The Courier Mail the community was "deeply shocked" and his thoughts and prayers were with Zeke's family and friends. 

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