Jacob Marx. Photo supplied
The family of the New Zealander killed when a hoarding
fell on him while he was walking in London have paid tribute to
the well-loved man, and say they are struggling to come to
terms with his sudden death.
Jacob Marx, 27, was walking on Camden Rd, north London, on
Monday evening (UK time) when the metal hoarding from betting
shop William Hill fell in strong winds and crashed on top of
him, causing severe head injuries.
He reportedly suffered a cardiac arrest and was treated at
the scene but died later in University College Hospital, the
Daily Mail reported.
In statement, David Marx remembered his youngest brother as
"a wonderful person, a special part of our family, and a much
loved friend and partner".
"Losing him so quickly and so far away is very hard for us to
come to terms with. We thank everyone for the love and kind
support we've received as we try to grapple with what has
happened," he said.
The Marx family thanked the emergency services and people in
Camden who tried to help save Mr Marx.
"It means a lot to us that despite him being so far from
home, people did their best to look after him."
The family are making arrangements to have his body returned
to New Zealand.
Others who knew Mr Marx have paid tributes to the Gisborne
man, described as likeable and clever.
Tim Chung, the brother of Mr Marx's girlfriend Natalie, said
he "was really, really nice guy".
"He was really smart and I always saw him as a really nice
Mr Marx and Ms Chung travelled to the UK last September for a
trip of a lifetime, said Mr Chung.
On February 2, New Zealanders taking part in the Waitangi Day
Circle Line Pub Crawl in London will stop for a minute's
silence at 10.05am to remember him.
At the scene of the accident, a written tribute has been left
addressed to 'Jacko' and includes a New Zealand flag, the
Daily Mail reported.
Left among bouquets of flowers, it said: "This is not how it
was supposed to go. We had so many good plans and so many
good memories. I promise never to forget you."
Witnesses who saw the accident said they saw a man covered in
blood lying on the road, and paramedics attempted to
resuscitate him in the ambulance as he was rushed to
The sign that fell on him may have been weakened after
maintenance carried out before Christmas, media reports said.
Police and Camden Council are investigating.
Camden Council community safety spokesman councillor Abdul
Hai said: "This is a tragic incident and our thoughts are
with the victim's family at this sad time."