The new year has set off with the wrong foot, as the tragic death of 17-year old Nye Frankie Newman marked the dawn of 2017. Fate has been unfair with the young Nye who tragically left this life on New Year’s Day on the Paris Metro. In spite the fact that the reason of his death still remains unknown, his freerunning group “Brewman” have announced that his death was not due to practicing the sport. According to his crew, Nye was not ‘train surfing’ at the time, in fact the very activity had been previously condemned by Nye.
Who is Nye Frankie Newman?
The 17-year old, was from Guildford, Surrey, UK, and was a passionate aficionado of freerunning parkour. Clibming and jumping over obstacles, often buildings, in urban environments was what gave him breath. He obviously had an excellent sporting ability, but besides this, he was a talented young musician, his school reports. He was involved in several school events, whether drumming, beat boxing or rapping. An “incredible human being” with a deep thirst for life.
In a statement, his family mentioned among others : “Nye’s was an extraordinary young life which touched so many. We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of emotion and wonderful tributes to Nye that have been made on social media and to us as a family.”
In his last Facebook post, on New Year’s Eve, Nye named the countries he visited in 2016 : Greece, Morocco, Spain, France, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Northern Ireland, Germany, Denmark, Italy, Finland, China, Philippines, Hong Kong and the Netherlands. Nye’s loss has been naturally devastating to his family, but if there is something that comforts them is that he enjoyed life at its fullest, travelled the world and tried to have no regrets at all!
Tributes have been paid to the young man recently and a fundraising page has been set up to help his family cover the funeral costs and also to support them, as well as provide therapy for his friends who witnessed their friend losing his life in front of their eyes. The aim is to raise £10,000 and up to date it has reached £6,810.
We would like to offer our sincere condolences to his friends and family.