Girlfriend wrote letter to Dion Papanakos before she watched him plunge from a cliff, Coogee, Sydney


A young gymnast who tragically watched her boyfriend plunge 30 metres from a cliff has revealed the heartfelt letter she wrote to him just months before his death.

Dion Papanakos, 20, had been dating Miranda for a little under a year when they went for a romantic walk around Coogee Beach and Gordon’s Bay, in Sydney’s east, on Saturday afternoon.

At about 3pm, the young man lost his footing and fell to his death. 

On Monday, a devastated Miranda posted a photo of a double-rainbow that appeared over Coogee moments after he passed away, along with a video of a card she made for their three-month anniversary in July.

Miranda said she hasn’t stopped crying since her boyfriend Dion Papanakos died on Saturday (pictured together)

Miranda uploaded a clip of a card she made for Mr Papanakos for their three-month anniversary (pictured together)

Miranda uploaded a clip of a card she made for Mr Papanakos for their three-month anniversary (pictured together)

‘I can’t believe I’m falling in love with you,’ she wrote.

‘I think you’re a beautiful person, inside and out.’

She said Mr Papanakos caught her attention from the moment they first spoke, and ‘I knew I could see a future with you’.

The large card was printed with a number of photos of them together during their first three months as a couple.

In another Instagram story, Miranda shared a photo of the double rainbow which she said appeared over the picturesque beach after Mr Papanakos fell.

‘Rest in peace, my love,’ she wrote.  

Dion Papanakos slipped while walking with his partner Miranda (pictured together) on a clifftop between Coogee Beach and Gordon's Bay

Dion Papanakos slipped while walking with his partner Miranda (pictured together) on a clifftop between Coogee Beach and Gordon’s Bay

The card (pictured) was covered in photos of them together

Miranda said her boyfriend was a 'beautiful person'

The card (pictured left and right) was covered in photos of them together. Inside, Miranda said her boyfriend was a ‘beautiful person’

On Sunday night, Miranda revealed that watching ‘the love of my life’ fall to his death was the most painful thing she has ever experienced.    

‘Yesterday I lost the most amazing, caring and loving partner anyone could ask for,’ she wrote in a heartfelt Instagram post. 

‘Dion Papanakos was the man of my dreams. From the moment we met we had spent almost every single day together.’

‘To have been standing there watching the whole thing unfold… I’ve never felt so much pain in my life to the emotion and heart ache experienced in that moment. 

A double rainbow appeared over Coogee Beach moments after Mr Papanakos passed away (pictured)

A double rainbow appeared over Coogee Beach moments after Mr Papanakos passed away (pictured)

Miranda said Dion Papanakos hadn't survived the fall when police starred taping off the area (pictured together)

Miranda said Dion Papanakos hadn’t survived the fall when police starred taping off the area (pictured together)

The young gymnast said paramedics did everything they could, but it was too late. 

She knew Mr Papanakos hadn’t survived the fall when police starred taping off the area, and ended up in hospital herself – paralysed with shock.

Miranda said she and Mr Papanakos had gone on two holidays together within the first three months of their relationship, which began in March last year.

She was planning a surprise interstate trip for his 21st birthday in March, and hasn’t stopped crying since the tragedy unfolded on Saturday.

‘The process of losing someone who you were so deeply connected to is something I would never wish upon anyone in this world,’ Miranda added.

Dion Papanakos (pictured) slipped and fell 30 metres while on a walk with his girlfriend Miranda

Dion Papanakos (pictured) slipped and fell 30 metres while on a walk with his girlfriend Miranda

The man is believed to have fallen from the clifftop between Coogee Beach and Gordon's Bay in Sydney's east on Saturday afternoon just before 3pm

The man is believed to have fallen from the clifftop between Coogee Beach and Gordon’s Bay in Sydney’s east on Saturday afternoon just before 3pm

‘I love you so much Dion, I will always love you forever until the day we can meet again up in heaven, so I can rest peacefully by your side.’ 

Paramedics and a rescue helicopter were called to the scene to treat his critical head and chest injuries, but he tragically died at the scene. 

NSW Ambulance inspector Lucky Phrachanh said medical teams were winched down to the man who died at the scene. 

‘Our thoughts go out to the friends and family after this horrible accident,’ she said.

‘Please avoid these high clifftop areas, tragedies can occur in a split second.’ 

Police officers at the top of the cliff worked to move onlookers away from the area.  

Multiple paramedic crews arrived to tend to the man but he was unable to be saved

Multiple paramedic crews arrived to tend to the man but he was unable to be saved

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