THE parents of a man who died in a motorcycle crash in Thailand have paid tribute to their son who “lived life to the full.”

Courtney Benjamin Mills, 27, died following a crash in Bangkok on Sunday, September 17.

Mr Mills, a former Bournemouth and Poole College student, had recently moved out to the Thai capital to work for an insurance company.

An inquest opening heard a post-mortem examination took place on October 3, but the results were inconclusive.

Coroner Brendan Allen said no official cause of death had been established at this stage and adjourned the pre-inquest review to March 13 next year.

Mr Mills' mother, Simone, said her son was someone who “truly lived life on the edge”.

She described him as an animal lover who “always cared more than he showed”.

“He worked hard and played hard, and did both incredibly well.”

After moving to Spain with his parents to complete his secondary education, Mr Mills travelled extensively through Europe, Asia and the Caribbean.

When the family returned to their home town of Weymouth, Mr Mills completed his computer studies qualification at Bournemouth College before taking up a job in Poole and later in Manchester.

His father, Paul, said: “To me, Courtney did more in his 27 years than what most people take a lifetime to do.”

In February, he relocated to Thailand to pursue a new career. He found an apartment and enjoyed travelling with colleagues.

Mr Mills said: “He absolutely loved it. He was so well respected by all his work mates.”

Mr and Mrs Mills said despite the time difference they spoke to their only son at least four or five times a week.

He bought a motorbike as an early birthday present for himself three weeks before the accident.

Since Mr Mills' death, people from all over the world have paid tribute to him.

One colleague from Bangkok, Hey Wan Yuen, said: “He lived each day to the fullest and was always so full of joy.”

David Sanchex said: “It was very easy to get along with Courtney, he was a super nice guy with a lot of energy.”

Lifelong friend Ross Oliver described Courtney as “one of my best friends since birth - all the great times we had growing up as a family, you couldn’t split us up. We were best friends but really brothers.”

Mr Mills' funeral will be held at Weymouth Crematorium at 10.45am on Tuesday, October 17.

The family have requested donations to Rushton Dog Rescue, Portland Road, instead of flowers.

For those who cannot attend, it will be broadcast on a live webcast with a link available from