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Heartache at Michael Cullen funeral: He is at peace now, whatever was troubling him, he is away from that, mourners told

Michael is 'waiting to beatbox for us in the next world and we will see him soon'

By Claire Williamson and Mark Edwards

The heartbroken family of Michael Cullen paid their final respects at his funeral in Belfast.

The service for Michael,  whose body was found at Cave Hill on January 31,  was held at Sacred Heart Church, Oldpark Road, Belfast.

His family had launched a huge appeal to find the Ulster University employee, who was last in contact with loved ones shortly after 2pm on Tuesday January 9.

From the North Circular Road in north Belfast, the 33-year-old was an established beatboxer who had performed to audiences all over the UK in cities including London and Dublin.

Father Gerry Cassidy, who led the service read out some memories of Michael from his mother Rosemarie during the service.

He said: “He took his role as oldest brother and son very seriously, giving good advice to his mammy and daddy, sister and brothers. He was a very good judge of character and very wise and honest.”

Fr Cassidy continued: “He loved beatboxing and singing and got great pleasure from his performances.”

“Michael was a most kind, polite, sensitive and loving young man to his family, friends and strangers. He is at peace now and is waiting to beatbox for us in the next world and we will see him soon.”

Father Cassidy said Michael was "happy and enthusiastic about life, a deep thinker".

"Michael died in the late spring of his life," he said.

Father Cassidy said friends and family were shocked Michael was struggling with deep depression as it was the opposite of his normal happy and joyful personality.

"Michael is now at peace. Whatever was troubling him, he is now away from that."

He added: "Michael was deeply loved and appreciated by his family and all his friends. His music, acting, his running gave him pleasure and to all who knew him."

The major police investigation included extensive searches involving a helicopter, drones and police dogs.

In a post when his body was found his family said: "I can only hope he will look down on us and see the huge amount of love we all had for him.

"The Cullen family wish to thank everyone for their valiant efforts in trying to bring Michael home... we will never forget this!"

Videos on his YouTube page showed performances at the L'Oreal colour show in 2017 and the Prince's Trust Celebrate Success Awards.

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