Wednesday 17 January 2018

Teen is found by mum after suspected drug overdose

Friends comfort each other in the Deerpark estate, Cork. Photo: Daragh McSweeney/Provision
Friends comfort each other in the Deerpark estate, Cork. Photo: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

Robin Schiller and Olivia Kelleher

Tributes have been paid to a popular 16-year-old boy who died following a suspected drug overdose.

Michael Cornacchia was discovered by his mother in an unresponsive state in a bedroom at his home in the Deerpark estate, Friars Walk, Cork city yesterday morning.

Medical personnel were called but the teenager was pronounced dead at the scene.

A talented footballer, Michael played for his local club Kilreen Celtic. Club chairman Donal Kelleher described him as a "quiet" and "popular" teenager.

"He was with us for a good few years and was playing with the U16s recently. He was a good player, he played centre-half for us," Mr Kelleher told the Irish Independent.

"He was a good young fella who was quiet. It's very hard for everyone at the club to take."

Michael Cornacchia (16). Photo: Provision
Michael Cornacchia (16). Photo: Provision

Gardaí have spoken to friends of the tragic teenager and believe he had been out socialising on Sunday night.

A toxicology report will determine the exact cause of Michael's death. However, it may take several weeks to complete.

Irish Independent

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