04:26AM, Friday 23 November 2012
Adam Blissett's father has said that his family are still in shock after the 18-year-old died at university, days after visiting his Maidenhead home to celebrate Bonfire Night.
The former Desborough School pupil and Tottenham Hotspur fan's body was discovered in his halls of residence at Bath Spa University on Wednesday evening last week.
Dad Mark said: "He’d had a lovely 18 years at home and he was just starting to be a young man. It’s sad that all the things that were waiting for him are not going to happen now.”
Mark described his son as having a dry sense of humour and said he had fitted in very well at university. He spoke of how the pair would play golf together, adding: “This wasn’t just my son, this was my friend.”
Paul Frazer, head of Desborough College, described Adam as ‘an exemplary young man’. The teenager had recently returned for the school’s speech night where he had collected prizes for geography and business and told his teachers how much he was enjoying university life.
Staff and students gathered on campus at Bath Spa University at lunchtime on Monday for a moment’s silence to remember the teenager.
Messages of condolence have been building up on social media sites, as well as on the Advertiser website.
Friend Sam Taylor wrote: “So many people will say it, because it’s so true, that he didn’t have one bad thing about him. He was great fun to be around and lovely company. He will be sorely missed.”
Jack Beaumont added: “A great guy who was always kind, happy to help and up for a laugh. So sad.”
The cause of Adam’s death remains unknown. Police are not treating it as suspicious.
Paramedics were called to the scene of a medical emergency in Maidenhead on Monday morning (June 27).
A teenager who died after getting into difficulty in the Jubilee River has been described as a ‘gentle giant’ in a tribute from his school.