Teenage Leicester City fan dies in nightclub while celebrating end of college exams

A young Leicester City fan celebrating the end of his exams collapsed in a nightclub and died.

Eighteen-year-old George Franks-Herbert, who grew up in Wales and went to Bristol University, has always been a Foxes fan like his father, Peter.

In the early hours of Tuesday February 1, he was at Gravity nightclub in Bristol with friends when he fell ill. Paramedics were unable to revive him, Wales Online reported.

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Police said there were no suspicious circumstances and his family, from Pontyclun in Wales, have been told he died of a “medical event”.

As well as following the Foxes, George’s other passions were science and acting – he had worked alongside Jack Whitehall and American actress Eva Longoria in the BBC’s Decline and Fall.

His father Peter is a retired biochemist and George studied biochemistry at the University of Bristol.

Peter, 60, said: “We are awaiting the autopsy [examination] results, but we were told it was a medical event.

“He was modest, kind, warm, caring and shy – we got so many messages saying he was a lovely, caring young man.

“He came home at Christmas and spent all his time studying for his exams. He was doing very well in college.

“George was the baby of the family, which is why he will be missed so much.”

His mother Diane, 57, said: “Acting and performing was his hobby – he went to drama school from an early age.

“His first stage role was when he was just five months old playing the baby Jesus in a church manger.”

Diane and Pete had been woken by police at 3 a.m. to learn that their son, the youngest of four children, had died.

A street view of the entrance to Gravity nightclub in Clifton

His parents said they traveled regularly to Bristol to take George out for meals during a break from his studies and that he returned home regularly during his first term in the city.

His father said: “He came home every few weeks and we went to see him.

“We spent time looking at old photographs and reminiscing about happy times together.”

Prof Sarah Purdy, Vocational Vice-Chancellor for Student Experience at the University of Bristol, said: “We are all very sorry to learn of the death of first year biochemistry student George Franks-Herbert.

“On behalf of the University, I would like to offer our sincere condolences to his family and friends at this incredibly difficult time.

“George was a popular student who had made many friends and he enjoyed his time at Bristol. Academically he was doing very well, thriving in his studies and achieving first class grades.

“I know this news will deeply affect many of our students and staff. We are reaching out to George’s friends and those who studied with him to offer our help and support, and we encourage all who who are affected by this tragic news to contact our wellbeing services for assistance.”

George was a member of his local school Stagecoach. A school spokesperson said: “George started at Stagecoach aged four and in July 2021 received his 14 year award.

“George was smart, funny, genuine, good natured and determined – we are so grateful to have known, taught and loved him.

“He turned 18 last June and left Stagecoach last summer to go out into the world to further his education.

“He had such a bright future ahead of him.”

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