To the great gig in the sky
By JANE GARDNER firstname.lastname@example.org FOR two weeks, Daniel Morgan??s friends sang to him while the Ocean Shores teen clung on to life in a Gold Coast hospital. On Sunday afternoon, their hearts were broken, when their treasured guitarist died from the trauma he suffered in a car accident on Rifle Range Road at Wollongbar just over two weeks ago. Dan, 19, was a talented musician studying contemporary music at Southern Cross University. He played guitar in two local bands, Etcetera and The Speeding Ticket. He was so popular, his mother Sandy Morgan said, that in the last days of Dan??s life, staff at the Gold Coast Hospital set aside a personal room to accommodate hundreds of his friends who came to visit him, their instruments in tow. Dan was a passenger in a car driven by a young woman on her green provisional licence when it left Rifle Range Road, at 12.15pm on April 20, and collided with some trees. The driver and two other passengers in the Honda Civic miraculously escaped injury. Dan was airlifted to the Gold Coast Hospital with serious head injuries, where he stayed on life support in the intensive care unit. A police spokesman said it appeared the car had lost control coming around a bend, however, the cause of the crash was still under investigation. His mum Sandy said she was sure her only son could hear his friends playing music at his side, even though he was in an induced coma. ??I know he knew,?? she said. ??Hundreds of his friends came through the hospital to see him and sing to him. The wonderful people in Southport had never seen anything like it.?? She described Dan as a fun-loving ??warrior?? who was put on this earth to teach rather than learn. ??When he decided he wasn??t going to come back, his face grew radiant,?? Sandy said. ??When you have so much life in you, it is hard to believe someone so loved and so beautiful with so much to offer is gone. It just feels unfair.?? Dan went to Shearwater School in Mullumbimby, who will honour him this week with a special memorial service. He met his girlfriend Lia Loewenthal, 20, in Year 9. They had been together for four years. Lia, Dan and Sandy lived together in Ocean Shores, in the home where Dan would practise his music six hours a day. Sandy said she would miss listening to him play. ??He was an extremely talented musician. I know I??m biased, but everyone said he was. He loved to sing,?? she said. ??There were a lot of people who loved Dan.?