Gavin Rhodes, Wife, and 2 Children Dead After Laos Plane Crash

October 16, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

Australian Gavin Rhodes and his wife and two children are dead after a plane crash in Laos.

Rhodes and his family were on a 3-week vacation, which he expressed his excitement for on Twitter before the trip.

“You have got to love a 3 day week before a 3 week holiday,” he said on Oct. 7.

He told a friend that they would be in Laos until the 31st before spending three days in Bangkok . Then they planned to travel back to Sydney, where he works as a tax agent. 

Rhodes posted several Instagram photos of his children after they had arrived in Laos. 

Rhodes was with his wife Phoumalaysy, known as Lea, and his young daughter and son. 

In a statement, other members of the Rhodes family asked the press to “respect their privacy at this difficult time”.

“We will not be providing comment or information. Any interview requests will be declined.”

Friends mourned the loss on Twitter.

“Am absolutely devastated! Just found out my friend @Gav_Rhodes and family has died in a plane crash!” said one. 

“R.I.P. You made us laugh and were so supportive. We will miss you!”

The Lao transport ministry statement said the crash is being investigated and the airline hoped to announce its findings on Thursday. 

The plane crashed into the Meking River on Wednesday afternoon. 


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