Friends pay tribute after death of Orpington student Paul Bagnall

PUBLISHED: 10:39 13 January 2014 | UPDATED: 10:39 13 January 2014

Tributes have flooded in after the death of Darrick Wood pupil Paul Bagnall.

Tributes have flooded in after the death of Darrick Wood pupil Paul Bagnall.


Tributes have been paid by the friends of 18-year-old Paul Bagnall, who was found hanged at his home in Orpington last week.

The Darrick Wood school prefect, of Dryland Avenue, was found by his mother on Tuesday afternoon and pronounced dead at the scene by a doctor from London’s Air Ambulance.

He is described as one of the “smartest, kindest, happiest people we’ve ever known” on a Facebook memorial page set-up by friend Brian Lai, who have posted an endless stream of pictures.

It is believed Paul had no history of bullying, and had recently been accepted for a place at Southampton University - studying mechanical engineering.

Continuing his tribute, Brian added: “It is beyond tragic that he passed away. I am sure that there are many people who are affected by his untimely departure, and the purpose of this group is for people to share the happy memories, any photos or comments in tribute to Paul.

“Rest in peace Paul, you will never be forgotten.”

Others took to Twitter, with Seb Kirk posting: “RIP Paul Pagnall, such terrible news but couldn’t have asked to have known a batter lad, the nicest boy you’ll ever meet, RIP mate.”

Paul was a black belt in karate, and also played for the school’s rugby team and was fluent in French.

A spokesman for London Ambulance Service said they sent an ambulance crew, two single responders and a duty officer to the scene just before 4pm on January 7.

Extensive efforts were made to resuscitate Paul, who was in cardiac arrest, but sadly he was pronounced dead soon after.

Police say Paul’s death is not being treated as suspicious.

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