Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

He Was the Life and Soul of the Party. He Would Light Up a Room When He Came in; FUN-LOVING DAD DIES PERFORMING PRANK

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

He Was the Life and Soul of the Party. He Would Light Up a Room When He Came in; FUN-LOVING DAD DIES PERFORMING PRANK

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Byline: By DAVID OLD

IT WAS a drunken prank to entertain watching revellers.

But Alex Davison's boozedup antics ended in tragedy when he fell 20ft to his death.

The fun-loving 37-year-old died after spending the afternoon drinking in his home town of Whitley Bay.

Friends, who described Alex as the life and soul of the party, say he had joined a group of men on a stag party.

They say he climbed up on a bin opposite 42nd Street bar, on the Promenade, and stripped off, to the delight of people outside the bar.

But tragedy struck when he toppled over and fell on to the concrete 20ft below.

Two paramedics who happened to be walking along the beach at the time of the tragedy on Saturday evening ran to administer first aid.

He was taken to North Tyneside General Hospital, where he was declared dead.

Today it emerged Alex had called his eight-year-old daughter Sophie, moments before his death.

He had divorced his wife Lisa, a beauty therapist, and moved in with his mother, Jean, 71, in Avenue Terrace, Seaton Delaval, Northumberland.

He had three older brothers - Ian, 49, Andrew, 44, and Stuart 43, a soldier who had recently been deployed to Iraq - but came back after the tragedy. Andrew, also a motor trader, from East Boldon, South Tyneside, said: "He was a lovely lad who was always very generous.

"He doted on Sophie and would take her camping to the Lake District and Scotland."

"He was the life and soul of the party and would love to be centre of attention. He would light up a room when he came in.

"At least he would have died with a smile on his face."

Close pal Rob Wilde, 38, from Whitley Bay, described his shock at discovering Alex had died.

He said: "I drove past and saw the police cordon. I couldn't believe it when I realised it was Alex.

"He was one of my best mates - but he had countless best mates. …

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