friend of a man who died in the Dunedin Botanic Garden is
raising funds for a memorial bench to remember his ''best
The body of Josh Tunnicliffe (27) was found near a park bench
in the gardens on November 4, 2012.
Police referred his death to the coroner, after gas canisters
were found near his body.
Following his death, his parents spoke of their son's
decade-long battle with huffing.
''He died with so little, and on his own,'' his
Auckland-based mother Jenny Lee, told the Otago Daily
Times at the time.
Blair Marsh, of Dunedin, said his friend's death ''still hits
me every day''.
Mr Tunnicliffe lived with him and his young family for six
months, and his death ''has had a big impact on me''.
The pair began smoking synthetic cannabis every day after
work, but Mr Marsh was not aware his ''best mate'' was also
battling solvent abuse.
It wasn't until he until started to find butane cans around
the property, that ''I had to put my foot down and ask him to
leave because I had four kids to protect''.
''I tried my hardest to get him help. But he would just tell
you what you wanted to hear, but he didn't want to accept
Whenever he contacted Mr Tunnicliffe, he always seemed to be
''on a park bench somewhere in Dunedin''.
Mr Marsh was able to stop his legal high addiction following
the death of his friend.
Mr Marsh had asked permission from the council for a bench to
go in the gardens and Mr Tunnicliffe's parents supported the
He was now raising the $2500 needed for the park bench via
the crowd-funding website Pledge Me.