Matt Conwell was a husband, son, brother, friend, and father-to-be.
The 32-year-old man, known affectionately as ‘Cozzy’, worked as a strength and conditioning coach for the Brisbane Roar, an Australian professional soccer club.
Mr. Conwell died in Brisbane on September 2. He was hit and killed by a 4WD in what police say was a suicide. Calling it a self-harm incident, Senior Sergeant Tom Nelson called the incident "very sad". Mr. Conwell's wife of 12 years, Ashleigh Conwell, 29, is expecting the couple’s triplets later this year.
Emily Fallon, who is the sister to Ashleigh, spoke to the Courier Mail and said that her brother-in-law was struggling as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and made a “snap decision”. “It was a snap decision, a moment of clouded judgment, and totally out of character,” Ms. Fallon told the publication. “This year’s been tough for everyone, even the strongest people you thought could get through it, and while there were some struggles and stresses there, it just shows suicide doesn’t discriminate."
Matt and Ashleigh Conwell were said to have been looking forward to having a family and were 'overjoyed' when they learned they would soon be a family-of-five.
"The pregnancy, delivery, and care of triplets is challenging for any couple. This has now been made so much more difficult for Ashleigh with the loss of her beloved soulmate, who was so looking forward to meeting his babies," reads the GoFundMe launched by friends. “Not only has Ashleigh’s world been torn apart emotionally, but the financial hardship she now finds herself in is also significant. Both Matt and Ashleigh had been impacted by COVID-19 in their job roles; they were already stretching every dollar and budgeting tightly for the arrival of their unexpected but so very wanted an ‘instant’ family."
“Losing Matt has placed an almost overwhelming burden on Ashleigh.”
To help with the enormous costs, Mrs. Conwell agreed to let her friend set up a Go Fund Me page to help with finances.
Australians have stepped up to the plate to help the expectant mother of three. $233,190 has been raised for Ashleigh Conwell and her beautiful babies, so far.
“The outpouring of support is a testament to the kind of person Matt was – very non-judgemental, very genuine and caring, an unassuming, quiet person who had time for everyone.”
Ashleigh has vowed to raise the children knowing who their father is and says she will instill his strong morals into them as they grow.
We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. 1-800-273-8255