'Nek Nomination' played part in death of DJ
The internet craze 'Nek Nomination' played a part in the death of a young DJ after he "threw back" a pint of whiskey.
An inquest into the death of Ross Cummins (22), from Stella Gardens, Irishtown, Dublin 4, heard that while the circumstances of his death did not fit the exact definition of Nek Nomination, it was a factor.
Mr Cummins, described as "the life and soul of the party", was found unresponsive on a couch on February 1, 2014.
"The circumstances don't fit the definition of a Nek Nomination, but there was talk of Nek Nomination and it seems that may have put the idea in his head," Coroner Dr Brian Farrell said.
Dublin Coroner's Court heard Mr Cummins went to a friend's house on January 31, 2014, where he took alcohol and cocaine. They went out to a bar before returning to the house.
One of the group, Alice Eccles, said Mr Cummins was in good form. "There was talk of Nek Nominations and Ross said: 'I could do that'.
"He filled a pint glass with whiskey and drank it down in a matter of seconds."
The Cummins family paid tribute to their son after a verdict of death by misadventure.
"He was a wonderful lad," his father Robert Cummins said. "The cocaine was a total shock, we knew nothing about that."