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Aussie backpacker's tragic final post before falling from building

An Australian backpacker who died after falling from a building in shared a photo of a bag of powder tattooed on his buttocks online just hours before his death. 

The body of Billy James Simmons, 22, was found lying face down on a footpath below his 11th floor room at the Royal Paradise Hotel & Spa, at Patong Beach, on Monday night.

He had arrived in Phuket with 11 friends two days earlier on May 14 and the group were due to return to Australia on May 28. 

Local police now believe Mr Simmons’s death was a tragic case of misadventure and he had been alone at the time of the fall, with friends telling officers they had earlier dropped him back to his hotel after partying in Patong’s notorious nightlife district. 

Billy James Simmons, 22 (pictured) tragically died on Monday while on holiday in Thailand with a group of friends

Billy James Simmons, 22 (pictured) tragically died on Monday while on holiday in Thailand with a group of friends 

Local police say Mr Simmons died after a falling from the 11th storey balcony of his room at The Royal Paradise Hotel and Spa (pictured) in Patong Beach

Local police say Mr Simmons died after a falling from the 11th storey balcony of his room at The Royal Paradise Hotel and Spa (pictured) in Patong Beach

Detectives have also revealed unopened packets of Viagra were found in the tourist’s room, along with two half empty bottles of alcohol, the  reports.

Officers believe Mr Simmons had also used some of the sex drugs found inside his room.

Hours earlier, Mr Simmons made what would be his final post on social media, sharing two photos taken during their ill-fated trip to the holiday mecca. 

One picture shows the young Aussies posing for a snap alongside three friends at the beach on Phi Phi Island. 

In the second, Mr Simmons can be seen pulling down the waste band of his pants to show what appears to be a new tattoo at the top of his right butt cheek, featuring a small bag containing powder and the letters ‘NMNL’. 

The caption, which appears to be an acronym, reads: ‘NMNL bby’. 

Mr Simmons shared a photo of him with several friends at Phi Phi Island, in Thailand, to Instagram on Monday

Mr Simmons shared a photo of him with several friends at Phi Phi Island, in Thailand, to Instagram on Monday 

The post also included a photo of what appeared to be a new tattoo, featuring a bag of powder and the letters 'NMNL'

The post also included a photo of what appeared to be a new tattoo, featuring a bag of powder and the letters ‘NMNL’

The eerie last post has now become a bulletin board for tributes as devastated friends pay their respects to the beloved young man whose life was tragically cut short. 

Several friends wrote ‘rest easy’ and ‘rest in peace’ while many others left love heart emojis. 

According to his social media profiles, Mr Simmons was originally from NSW but had been living in Brisbane. 

Photos posted online paint the picture of a popular young man who enjoyed spending time with friends and 비아그라 outdoor sports, including motorbike riding, jet skiing, and four-wheel driving. 

It is understood Mr Simmons’ father has flown to Phuket to make arrangements to repatriate his body back to Australia.

Mr Simmons’ body was discovered on the pavement by shocked security guard Wongthatsatham Santi about 10pm. 

Paramedics were called to the scene but Mr Simmons was unable to be revived.

Devastated friends have flocked online to pay tribute to the young man after his tragic death

Devastated friends have flocked online to pay tribute to the young man after his tragic death

Many devastated friends left love heart emojis on his final post, shared just hours before he fell from the balcony

Many devastated friends left love heart emojis on his final post, shared just hours before he fell from the balcony

Police arrived shortly after to investigate, seizing CCTV footage from the area and interviewing Mr Simmons friends and locals who had interacted with the Australian during his stay.

Local massage girls working at a shop next to the hotel said they recognised Mr Simmons because he walked past them every day and was ‘often drunk’.

‘I often saw him both in the morning and in the evening and he always looked like he was drunk.It’s a shock that he has died,’ Khun Wan, one of the parlour girls, said.

Police Lieutenant General Salid said it is believed he was drunk and plunged from the balcony.

A spokesperson for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade told Daily Mail Australia it is providing consular assistance to the family of an Australian man who died in Thailand.

‘Owing to our privacy obligations we will not provide further comment,’ the spokesperson said.

Balcony deaths in Thailand involving foreigners are not uncommon, with the UK government launching an awareness campaign in 2012 targeting the phenomenon. 

One of the suggested contributing factors is the height of guard rails in high rise buildings, which typically span 70 to 80 cm, which is low in comparison to the height of most western visitors. 

Local police are pictured speaking to people at the hotel after Mr Simmons death on Monday

Local police are pictured speaking to people at the hotel after Mr Simmons death on Monday

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