A newlywed has paid a touching tribute to her late husband who passed away a day after their wedding following a nine-month battle with cancer.

Newlywed pays touching tribute to her late husband who died a day after their wedding


Gold Coast-based Maria Falwasser mourned the loss of her partner Navar Herbert after the 22-year-old died on Tuesday after contracting a brain tumour last year.

Creating a GoFundMe page to help have Mr Herbert flown back to his native New Zealand at his request, Ms Falwasser wrote she had lost her best friend and father to her young son, Kyrie.

Newlywed pays touching tribute to her late husband who died a day after their wedding


Maria Falwasser Wrote:

“Today my heart is heavy and sad, I lost my best friend, husband and the father to our son,”
“I feel absolutely showered in love by friends and family. This is a hard time, however I do find my strength and refuge in everybody's support.”
Navar's Journey has just begun, shortly we will be taking him back to Kotahitanga Marae, where he has asked to be laid to rest. He has impacted so many people near and far, and he will always be in our memories and have a special place in our hearts.

As expected, costs to take Navar back home along with his immediate family have been quite extensive, and to give us every opportunity to spend our last moments spending time with him, we are asking for donations to assist with this. I am truly appreciative of your support.

With many, including the couple, holding back tears throughout, a wheelchair-bound Mr Herbert exchanges vows with Ms Falwasser before a group of men perform the haka.

Newlywed pays touching tribute to her late husband who died a day after their wedding

Newlywed pays touching tribute to her late husband who died a day after their wedding

He has impacted so many people near and far, and he will always be in our memories and have a special place in our hearts,” Ms Falwasser added.

Mr Herbert’s rugby club held a memorial service for the talented player on Friday where dozens gathered to celebrate his life and raise funds for his burial in New Zealand.

The GoFundMe has so far raised more than $80,000.

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