Man, 28, dies in freak hammock accident as ‘heartbroken’ family pay tribute to ‘incredible’ son

Man, 28, dies in freak hammock accident as ‘heartbroken’ family pay tribute to ‘incredible’ son

April 21, 2022

A FAMILY have been left "heartbroken" after their son died in a horror freak accident as he climbed into a hammock.

James Douglas, 28, was killed after a pillar collapsed on top of him as he got onto the hanging seat, which was elevated between two brick columns.

The property developer had returned to his family home in Tunstall Village Green in Sunderland after work at around tea time on Good Friday.

However, emergency services were called to the address at around 5.30pm after a garden pillar, which had been standing for 15 years, collapsed on top of him.

The North East Ambulance Service, air ambulance and fire service attended but James was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

His heartbroken mum Lynne Wright has now paid tribute to her "incredible" son after his premature death over the Easter weekend.


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She said: "We are all absolutely devastated, completely heartbroken – James had the world at his feet, he was incredible.

"He had everything and he worked so hard, everything he touched turned to gold, he was such a lovely person and was loved by so many people."

James also managed a letting company, funeral business, and party event firm with brother Grant Wright, 24,.

Tragically the 28-year-old was due to head out to the stables only hours later where he and his girlfriend of 10 years, Lauren, had horses.

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Lynne, 50 added: "It was like any normal day so it has come as a huge shock to everyone.

"All James did was work and he was brilliant at everything he did, but his life has been tragically cut short.

We are so distraught. "You don't expect things like this to happen to your family.

"Awe don’t know how or why the pillar fell down because it’s been standing for so long.

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"James will be truly missed by so many people – he was exceptionally hard working and one of a kind."

A report is now being prepared for the coroner so an inquest into the circumstances of James' death can be held.

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