An Australian executive on a business trip collapsed and died outside Pacific Place in Admiralty yesterday morning. Hudson Ashley Stuart, 30, a regional risk manager for GE Consumer Finance in Bangkok, collapsed at the fourth-floor courtyard outside Pacific Place shortly after picking up a coffee from Starbucks around 8am. 'He was seen by a security guard collapsing on the pavement. The guard called police. He was unconscious when paramedics arrived,' a police spokeswoman said. He was taken to Ruttonjee Hospital in Wan Chai, where he was pronounced dead around 9am. A spokeswoman for his employers said Mr Stuart had come to Hong Kong from Bangkok to attend a regional risk management meeting organised by the company. 'We don't know what happened. His relatives have been contacted. We extend our deepest condolences to his family,' she said. 'They will determine with police and the hospital if there is going to be an autopsy.' Mr Stuart, who had been staying at the Marriott Hotel next to Pacific Place, arrived in the city on Sunday. It is not known if he had been suffering from any illness. Police are understood to have checked his room but found no medicine or medical records. A spokeswoman for the Australian consulate said the consulate was aware of the incident and was trying to determine what assistance it could render. 'We are providing assistance to his next of kin,' she said. Police said they were treating the incident as a case of sudden death. It is likely to be decided today if a postmortem will be carried out. The police do not believe foul play was involved.