Friends have paid tribute to a ''beautiful soul'' after the
19-year-old tourist who fell from a Queenstown hotel balcony
died on Saturday night.
The teenager was James Robert Teague, Southern District
Command Centre deployment co-ordinator Senior Sergeant Dave
Scott confirmed yesterday.
Mr Teague, from Paddington, Sydney, in New South Wales, died
about 11.40pm on Saturday in the company of family, Snr Sgt
He was to celebrate his 20th birthday next month.
The teenager fell about 10m on to a concrete car park at The
Glebe Apartments about 3am on Thursday. He was taken to
Dunedin Hospital by helicopter .
Friends took to social media to express their grief and
feelings of loss after his death.
''Sad news that James has passed away. A beautiful soul taken
too soon,'' one person posted on Twitter.
Another friend said he would ''never be forgotten''.
''You impacted all of us so greatly. With your smile and your
never-ending positive attitude everyone you met loved you. I
miss you James Teague, you will live on through us.''
An avid rugby supporter, Mr Teague was meant to watch his
beloved Waratahs take on the Brumbies in a Super Rugby
semifinal at Allianz Stadium in Sydney on Saturday night.
An announcement before the game paid tribute to Mr Teague. He
died shortly after the Waratahs earned a place in this
Mr Teague played rugby for Eastern Suburbs Rugby Union's
third colts team.
Before the team played Sydney University on Saturday, Sydney
University players lined the field and Eastern Suburbs ran on
to the field while Flower of Scotland - a favourite song of
Mr Teague - played.
Eastern Suburbs director of rugby Hamish McCathie said Mr
Teague was a ''very much loved player down at Easts''.
''It hasn't been nice to have one of our own in that
situation,'' Mr McCathie said.
''A lot of our guys have had a lot of emotions and a lot of
thoughts for him.''
Mr Teague was a ''very popular player'' within the club, he
He was educated at Scots College, in Sydney. Before the match
Scots College senior chaplain Conrad Nixon said a prayer for
Snr Sgt Scott said Queenstown police had completed their
scene investigation and the death had been referred to the
Mr Teague's family asked for privacy to grieve and did not
wish to make a statement.
At the time of the incident, Mr Teague was staying at the
hotel with four friends.
The group had been drinking.