Mystery over clubgoer's death

By James HoreMYSTERY surrounds the death of a teenager who collapsed and died after enjoying a night out clubbing. The 19-year-old had been with friends at Dukes Genesis nightclub in Chelmsford when he started feeling unwell.

By James Hore

MYSTERY surrounds the death of a teenager who collapsed and died after enjoying a night out clubbing.

The 19-year-old had been with friends at Dukes Genesis nightclub in Chelmsford when he started feeling unwell.

He left the Duke Street club at about 12.55am yesterday, but suffered a cardiac arrest in front of shocked revellers.


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An ambulance was on the scene within two minutes and the crew worked frantically to help the teenager as they took him to the town's Broomfield Hospital.

But despite desperate attempts to resuscitate the man, he was declared dead shortly after arriving at hospital.

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A post-mortem examination will be carried out this week, but police said it did not appear that drugs or excessive drinking had caused his death.

The dead man has yet to be named, but he came from south Essex and had travelled to the club with friends.

Martyn Stokes, nightclub general manager, said: “Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family and friends of the young man who passed away in the early hours of Tuesday.

“We understand the probable cause of death to be a coronary. We will continue to offer the police every assistance with their enquiries.”

An Essex Police spokesman added: “There is no reason to suspect anything other than he had something wrong with him and died. There is no suggestion of excess drink or the use of drugs.”

james.hore@eadt.co.uk

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