Thomas Franklin, originally from Cirencester who attended Kingshill School, dies in Oxford following tragic accident in allotments
10:15am Friday 27th September 2013 in News
A GYMNAST, originally from Cirencester, who died in a mysterious accident has been named.
Thomas Franklin, who attended Kingshill School as a teenager, was found unconscious with serious head injuries in Hinksey Park allotments in Oxford on Saturday morning.
Mr Franklin was well-known for taking part in a form of outdoor gymnastics known as calisthenics.
The pursuit sees participants swing around on iron bars and is popular with athletes.
A post-mortem examination has shown that the 23-year-old’s injuries were consistent with a fall and his death is not being treated as suspicious.
The 23-year-old was found in the allotments close to the tennis courts by a park user shortly after 8am on Saturday.
Paramedics took him to the city’s John Radcliffe Hospital but he was later pronounced dead.
The tennis courts and allotments were sealed off while police carried out forensic investigations.
Flowers and a can of energy drink had been left by mourners around a tree close to the allotments.
One note read: “My amazing Tom. Gonna miss you always and love you forever. Life’s never going to be the same without you. You’ll forever be in my heart”.
Another tribute read: “Tom. We will love you and keep you in our hearts for the rest of our lives. You will never be forgotten.”
Tributes have also been paid on Facebook to the young man, who was originally from Cirencester.
Antony Webb, from Oxford, said on Saturday: “Today I lost one of my best friends. Thomas, going to miss you so much mate. I’Il never forget the good times we had. RIP”
The case has now been handed over to the Oxfordshire Coroner’s Office and an inquest is expected to be opened this week.
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