A family has been left stunned and heartbroken after their beloved brother and son was found dead in his north Sydney apartment following recent complaints of agonizing pain from a toothache.
Bradley Tucek worked as a business analyst and lived by himself in Naremburn, with the rest of his immediate family based in WA.
Tucek, 33, first complained of a toothache on July 13.
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After visiting the dentist the following day he was told he had an infection, was sent home with painkillers and booked in at a later date to have the tooth removed.
He told his mother he was “in absolute agony” and described the pain as “the worst pain I’ve had in my life”.
Tucek’s family began to worry after he stopped answering calls or texts, but according to sister Ally Valentine, they hoped he was just “sleeping if off”.
However, five days later when colleagues went to check on him, he was found deceased on his kitchen floor.
The two work colleagues who discovered Tucek said they didn’t see any injuries and didn’t think he had collapsed. Instead they believed he was likely sitting down trying to deal with the immense pain when he died.
“How does a simple toothache which is deemed okay to send you home with painkillers and a booking for a week later, how do you die from that hours later?” Valentine asked 7NEWS.
While an autopsy was performed on Monday, July 25, the devastated family will remain without answers for another six months.
“How can we be expected to just live our lives for another six months without no inkling as to what happened?” Tucek’s sister asked.
A GoFundMe page, which has so far raised over $7,000, has been set up by Valentine to assist with travel fees to get her family from Perth to Sydney as they begin the task of packing up her brothers apartment, and dealing with his affairs.
While Tucek’s body remains with the NSW coroner, his family would also like to bring him back to Perth as soon as possible.
“We are utterly devastated by this and don’t want Brad to be alone any longer,” Valentine wrote on the fundraising page.
“We would like to bring Brad’s body to Perth so he can rest in the closeness of his parents, sister and extended family.”
Valentine said the family just wants answers as to how “a simple toothache can lead to a devastating loss of life”.