Man falls to his death ‘while smoking cigarette out of window’ on Christmas Day
A man plunged to his death while smoking a cigarette out of an open window on Christmas Day, it is believed.
Named locally as Lee Pearsall, the 30-year-old builder had been drinking with pals in a local pub in Conisbrough, South Yorkshire, on Christmas Eve but left early to go home. He then leaned out of an upstairs window for a smoke but lost his balance and tumbled to the ground.
It is believed he was discovered by his mother Lynne the following morning and police and the ambulance service were called at about 10.30am.
Tragically he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Family friend Wendy Collins, whose daughter Kerry-Leigh Wileman was a former girlfriend of Mr Pearsall, said: “It is just an absolute tragedy, shocking at any time of year but even worse at Christmas.”
A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “Police were called at 10.32am on Thursday 25 December by the Ambulance Service to an address on Ellershaw Lane, Conisbrough.
“A 30-year-old man had been found outside the address and was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.
“Police do not believe there to be any suspicious circumstances and are preparing a file for the coroner.”
Mrs Collins added to the The Star: “Kerry-Leigh and Lee had stayed really good friends. She couldn’t speak highly enough of him and has been in bits since Christmas Day.”
On Facebook Miss Wileman posted: “Good night to my beautiful friend Lee. Such a shining star in this cruel world.
“A heart of pure gold and the soul of an angel. I couldn’t be more heartbroken with the thought of not seeing you again.”