Belfast Telegraph

Police investigating sudden death of teenager

By David Young

Police are investigating the sudden unexplained death of a 19-year-old man in Ballymena.

The young man was named locally as Ryan Crawford, a former pupil of Dunclug College in the town.

An Ambulance Service spokeman said they received a call at 1pm yesterday and immediately dispatched an ambulance crew to the house at Colonsay Park, in the Ballykeel area of the town.

But when the paramedics arrived there was nothing they could do to save Ryan's life.

Last night Ryan's brother, Christian Grey, paid an emotional tribute on social media to his brother:

"All my life I have considered myself so, so lucky never to have lost anyone close to me. My little brother Ryan was no angel by any means, we had our fair share of disagreements over the years and he made his share of bad decisions, but he was my wee bro and I loved him.

"He had so much potential and when he was in the right frame of mind would have done anything for anyone.

"I can't believe that at 19 years of age that has all been taken from him far too early. Life is cruel.

"I already miss him more than I can put into words, I can't believe I'll never be able to see him again.

"My heart is broken for my parents and my brothers and sisters. It hasn't even sank in yet and I'm dreading the moment it does. Thank you to everyone who's sent messages so far, it means the world to all of us.

"Rest easy mucker, I will never stop loving you, and missing you, I will never ever forget you."

Christian, a Ballymena barman, was so taken with EL James' steamy novel Fifty Shades of Grey that he changed his name by Deed Poll from Gary Crawford to that of the novel's main character.

A post mortem examination to ascertain the cause of Ryan's death is to be carried out this week.

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