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Michael Cullen funeral arrangements announced - family say everyone welcome

By Claire Williamson

The family of tragic Michael Cullen have said everyone is welcome as they released details of his funeral arrangements.

Michael's family launched a huge appeal in their bid to find the Ulster University employee who was last in contact with loved ones shortly after 2pm on Tuesday January 9.

His heartbroken family announced his body was found at Cave Hill on January 31.

A funeral service will be held for Michael at 11am on Tuesday February 6 at Sacred Heart Church, Oldpark Road, Belfast.

His death notice read: "Missing since January 9th 2018, brought home January 31st 2018, aged 33 Loving son of Rosemarie and Kevin, devoted brother of Cathy, Daniel and Colm. Loving nephew, cousin and friend.

"Will be deeply missed by the entire family circle.

"Love, laugh and sparkle bright."

In a post on social media Michael's brother Niall confirmed that Michael had been found after an extensive search campaign.

He said: "Despite all of our best efforts over the past 3 weeks, tragically it is not the outcome that all of us wished and prayed so hard for.

"Michael was a highly talented guy as those who saw him perform will testify to, but he was also a much loved son, brother, cousin and friend to many whose hearts are now broken.

"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!"

Michael, from the North Circular Road in north Belfast, was an established beatboxer who had performed to audiences all over the UK in cities including London and Dublin.

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

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

More than 4,500 people joined the family's Facebook group called Help Find Michael Cullen and daily would post messages of support and different ideas on how to spread the search.

Well-known figures joined in the campaign in a bid to spread more awareness of the missing man including Carl Frampton and Sir Kenneth Branagh.

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