“We wish to thank everyone for their overwhelming kindness, sympathy and support during this most difficult time,” the statement read.
“We take comfort in knowing that so many people are thinking of Phil, and us.
“Our hearts are broken. How much we miss him is beyond measure.
“Our lives will never be the same, now that Phil is gone. But we will forever love and cherish him.”
The Walsh family said that they are coping as best they can.
“Phil enriched our lives and the lives of so many, and for that we are eternally grateful.
“We are searching for the strength and will to deal with the loss of Phil. In the arms of those we love we are coping as best we can.
“We kindly request that our privacy be respected at this time so we can grieve as any family would wish to do in such circumstances.”