Friday 23 June 2017

Teen's Paris Metro death 'not due to parkour'

Nye Frankie Newman
Nye Frankie Newman

Ben Mitchell in London

The family of an English teenage free-runner who died in an accident on the Paris Metro have paid tribute to their "beloved" son.

Nye Frankie Newman, from Guildford, was involved in a "train accident on the Metro" on January 1, his parkour group said.

The 17-year-old was a keen participant of the craze, which sees people climb and jump over obstacles and buildings in urban environments.

His family said in a statement: "We are heartbroken by the loss of our beloved son, grandson, brother, cousin and nephew.

"Nye's was an extraordinary young life which touched so many. We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of emotion and wonderful tributes that have been made on social media and to us as a family."

Photographs on Nye's social media accounts show him leaping between buildings in Hong Kong and somersaulting on the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland.

His parkour and free-running group, known as Brewman, said the teenager "didn't pass away due to parkour".

They paid tribute to Nye as "a strong parkour enthusiast" who "was an inspiration", and said "the incident didn't happen due to practising the sport".

Irish Independent

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