One theory surrounding the death of Patrick Broderick, who was born in Millstreet and worked as an international consultant with headhunting firm SpenglerFox, was that he may have stabbed himself accidentally.
A woman who was said to have been in his apartment at the time ran from the scene and alerted a neighbour who in turn contacted the emergency services.
He was pronounced dead a short time later in hospital, while the woman was treated for shock.
Swiss prosecutor Nicholas Feuz said that while authorities were following all lines of inquiry, “we think it is more of an accident rather than a murder”.
Tributes to Mr Broderick, a father of three, were led by SpenglerFox chief executive Mark Hamill. “Patrick had infectious enthusiasm, overwhelming positive energy, and a total can-do attitude,” he said.
“He touched our whole staff worldwide in the months he was with us, and was immediately a key part of our global family. On his last day in the office, he seemed to personally speak to about 30 different team members, his familiarity and the sense of ease he had in building up relationships was phenomenal. We will miss him terribly and our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
Noel Buckley, a county councillor based in Millstreet, said he remembered Mr Broderick growing up at the family home on Clara Rd.
“It was a shock when we heard about it, although the family has gone from here now. His mother, Breda, died a few years ago and his father, Pat Sr, moved back to Galway. His sisters have also moved on,” said Mr Buckley.
Following his studies at Rockwell College, Cashel, Co Tipperary, Patrick completed a degree in hotel management, specialising in food and beverage service in Thames Valley University, London. Following five years working in London, he moved into international recruitment.
Mr Broderick’s body has been flown to London, where he lived for five years. His remains are in the care of a coroner while the Swiss police probe continues.
The Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed that staff at its embassy in the Swiss city of Bern were offering consular support to Mr Broderick’s family.