Eastbourne teen died in 'tragic' exercise experiment

An "intelligent and caring" 13-year-old boy was found suspended from a pull-up bar in his bedroom.

Harry 'Bear' Rock
Harry 'Bear' Rock was keen to get a six-pack

An "intelligent and caring" 13-year-old boy, found suspended from a pull-up bar in his bedroom, died after an exercise move went wrong, an inquest heard.

Harry Rock, from Eastbourne in East Sussex, was not suicidal and died through misadventure, coroner James Healy-Pratt ruled.

The teen, known as Bear, was academically advanced and preparing for his GCSEs, but wanted a six pack.

His mother Amanda Rock found him after a home tutoring session.

She had gone to check on him, and told Eastbourne Coroner's Court: "I almost walked into him.

"I thought it was a joke at first because I thought he was smiling, but then I realised it was his tongue."

A dressing gown sash was caught around his face and under his chin.

'A gentleman'

Mrs Rock cut him down and performed CPR but Harry was pronounced dead when he arrived at hospital, on 20 March 2017.

The teen loved cats and gaming but his tutor, Rowanne Brown, did notice a bit of "teenage angst" over his study, and said he got "visibly upset" over being left out of a holiday which his dad and stepmother arranged with their other children.

However, a written statement from Harry's GP confirmed there was "no mention of mental health issues" in his medical history and police found nothing on the student's phone or social media indicating he was suicidal.

Ms Rock said: "I truly believe it was a horrific accident.

"He was fun, loving, caring - he'd always open the door for you. He was a gentleman, not loud, not lairy."

The coroner said: "This was a tragic experiment that went very wrong, but it certainly wasn't suicide."

A fundraising page in Harry's memory has raised more than £1,500 for Cats Protection and You Raise Me Up, a charity supporting families who have lost young adults.




Date: 12 January 2018 | Source: BBC

More UK News

Pharmacists warn of a 'surge' in shortage of common medicines

Patients in England are struggling to get hold of drugs such as painkillers and anti-depressants

Police plan dig in hunt for Mary Duncan missing 43 years

Detectives plan to excavate land in the search for a young mum who vanished almost 43 years ago, BBC..

Coventry council 'slowest to fill potholes'

Some councils aim to fill potholes within minutes but others take more than a day, new figures show..

Banksy artwork in Port Talbot sold for 'six-figure sum'

Season's Greetings will remain in Port Talbot for "two to three years" as it is bought by a gallery..

Wakefield, Grimsby, Plymouth win share of £20m culture fund

Five areas in England will benefit from a new Cultural Development Fund to boost local culture

'My son's severe asthma is very distressing'

Every three seconds in the UK, someone has an asthma attack which could be life-threatening, a chari..
View More

More Telford News

 MP's warning over Broseley's Broxit move

Broseley Town Council has been told it cannot choose to complete a "Broxit..

 Future Fit: A&E recommendation rubber stamped

Health officials have confirmed their choice of Royal Shrewsbury Hospital ..

 Row over key document in Shropshire's Future Fit discussions

A row has broken out over a key document in Shropshire's Future Fit discus..

 Four admit role in violent family fracas in Telford

The trial of seven men accused of leaving two people with serious injuries..

 There is no place for Future Fit says leader of Telford & Wrekin Council

The Leader of Telford & Wrekin Council is calling on health bosses to ..

 Former coronary care nurse takes top business role at UK medical supply firm

A former coronary care nurse has taken a top role with one of the UK’s lead..
View More

Telford Businesses

Calendar Countdown

Upcoming Events in Telford

19 Jan 2019

Saturday 19 January 7.30pm


Tickets £25

View Details

25 Jan 2019

Friday 25 January 7.30pm


£22.50

View Details

31 Jan 2019

Thursday 31 January 7.30pm


Tickets £23

Concession £21.50

View Details

09 Feb 2019

Saturday 9 February 7.30pm


Adult: £26.50

Concessions: £23.50

View Details
View More