East Rand man dies after mall prank

2012-01-07 08:00

Johannesburg - A man has died after slipping from the balcony of a parking structure at Stoneridge Shopping centre on the East Rand, paramedics said on Saturday.

Late on Friday night the man climbed over the railing of the balcony - apparently in jest - but lost his grip and fell 15m, said Netcare911 spokesperson Jeffrey Wicks in a statement.

 "Paramedics arrived at the scene to find him in a critical condition, having sustained multi-system traumatic injuries."

Attempts to revive the man failed, and he later succumbed to his injuries.

  • Squeegee - 2012-01-07 08:24

    Mmmm. What to say... Speechless.

      Gollum - 2012-01-07 11:33

      Everyone does silly things from time to time, that's understandable. But how people can be so distasteful to mock and joke about it, I really can't understand.

      Squeegee - 2012-01-07 12:53

      I'm not mocking or critisizing, just sad. Waste of a life - learn from this! Don't do silly things!

      John - 2012-01-07 16:53

      I'ts all Spiderman fault....

      Sharkshoot - 2012-01-07 21:52

      The joke's on him.

  • stuart.steedman - 2012-01-07 08:28

    Darwin Award candidate

      Janice - 2012-01-07 09:42

      Boswell Wilkie?????

      Spotty - 2012-01-07 21:27

      Damn right it's stupid. But, then again, Common sense is not that common !!

  • Rodney - 2012-01-07 08:38

    Do we need a Dont Drink and Climb campaign now?

      Janice - 2012-01-07 09:53

      Brilliantly said!!!!!

  • pixiemich - 2012-01-07 08:54

    Glad you people think this is a joke, how sick are you?

      Ettienne - 2012-01-07 09:09

      I don't see anyone having made a joke of this incident. But it clearly is stupidity in its best form to do something like this. Condolences to his family and loved ones.

      pixiemich - 2012-01-07 09:10

      He was my friend...

      Theuns - 2012-01-07 14:57

      Not much difference between him that says stupid things to get attention, and him that does stupid things for attention. So Spot, the rest of us here are tired of being a diaper for your dumb ass crap.

      Ettienne - 2012-01-07 15:08

      With all due respect pixiemich, the fact still remains it was very stupid to do what he did. Our condolences to you too, and may he rest in peace.

      Arthur - 2012-05-07 10:49

      Sorry to hear Pixie. For the rest... personally I should be dead as well, for some stupid things I did when I was younger - like roof surfing at 120km/h - everyone does stupid stuff sometimes, he just wasn't so lucky. RIP.

      Fussed - 2012-05-07 10:53

      @ pixiemitch. Birds of a feather........

  • Marian - 2012-01-07 09:19

    Before commenting give thought to his family, you could be in their shoes one day.

      Matthew - 2012-01-07 09:52

      I would rather be in a pair of shoes that had a better grip, actually.

      Amanda - 2012-01-07 09:58

      no i couldnt, cause my family has common sense.

      theO rAcLe - 2012-01-07 10:20

      well said Amanda

      Sizwe-versus'Moses Young - 2012-01-07 10:30

      Yo I agree with what Marian is saying , a little respect to the family of the deceased

      Sizwe-versus'Moses Young - 2012-01-07 10:30

      Yo I agree with what Marian is saying , a little respect to the family of the deceased

      Tahnur Mica Barnard - 2012-01-07 12:21

      @Matthew- I will pray for u

      Matthew - 2012-01-07 14:55

      @Tahnur - I'd really rather you didnt, but thanks for the offer. I stopped believing in fairy tales when I was about 5, and that includes all the religious bollocks, too.

      Fussed - 2012-05-07 10:55

      @ marian, are they selling his shoes already

  • Karring - 2012-01-07 09:26

    that is so sad but how stupid can one get, leaving his family distraught and in pain for a very long time, ALCHOHOL AI JA JAI !!!!!

  • Johan - 2012-01-07 10:06

    hey guys and gals ... young people do stupid things ... don't you remember? it should not be regarded as a capital offence so i believe that a silly prank turned tragic is a really sad day for all his loved ones and certainly not one requiring the sanctimonious comments of all hereunder … was he drunk … presumptuous to assume so, I think … not that long ago a young man was critically injured after falling off the railing of the escalator at beford center on a saturday morning … stone cold sober but merely trying to show off … silly, yes, but nonetheless understandable given his youth … his young girlfriend’s distress was heartbreaking … if you have to comment, then rather share my condolences with his loved ones …

      Karring - 2012-01-07 10:23

      condolences to the family, my heart bleeds for them but who does that late on a friday night when the shopping centre is closed...i pressume a drunk person.

  • Sean - 2012-01-07 10:37

    wow and people still dont show compassion... I would just like you to take a second and use your head to think how you would feel if someone close to you passed away... Let me just say most of the east rand will mourn this tragedy because unlike you sorry sods he actually touched many peoples lives!!! 1610

      Michele - 2012-01-07 11:24

      Well said... My condolences to his family and friends. He was an amazing person.

      Randomhero6661 - 2012-01-09 09:16

      ah dude youngsters and liquor bad combination i take it you are from edenvale and now you feel the right to publicly display an effort of heroism in words, P1SS off he climbed over he slipped he passed on. Its sad but sorry if your stupid you pay a silly price.

  • Rossi Chistolini - 2012-01-07 10:43

    Those of you,who don't have anything better to do than make a mockery and joke about someone who has just passed irrespective of how he passed,get a life your comments aren't welcome imagine it was your friend or child or loved one,if you had any hearts you would respect this person who I know,but karma will play in my favour,if I could get my hands on you brainless inconsiderate heartless excuse of a person.Grow up and show some respect!

      Spotty - 2012-01-07 21:44

      Rossi, you simply don't see the real issue here. Think with your head, not your heart. The world is full of people doing increasingly dumb things. Many of them now live in states ranging from vegetative to severly crippled. From this POV, this lad was fortunate to have died. Many of the deceased will agree too if they could. Yes, he might have been a nice person, and yes, others might have loved him. BUT, the choice was his, and he paid the ultimate penalty.

      Randomhero6661 - 2012-01-09 09:26

      wonderful, you have a temper because we cannot express our views, GTFO! nice person or not he F@cked up and there is no sympathy in that regard well at least not for him. and there is no joke lad its pure stupidity, simple !

  • Kerri Melville - 2012-01-07 10:57

    You'd all be showing a lot more compassion if it were somebody you knew. I am shocked at how many people are judging instead of showing compassion. This world is cruel enough without you repulsive people making nasty comments about somebody you didn't even know.RIP Brendon

      Spotty - 2012-01-07 21:48

      Not true. Many of us detest stupidity. The world has been perverted to elevate mediocrity (in all spheres), and this has to cease. So, even if an immediate family member died from doing something stupid (which has almost happened in my case), I (and many others) would still judge them harshly.

  • Schalk - 2012-01-07 11:25

    Most young people do silly things and get away with it most of the time but fate cannot be tempted successfully all the time. Sometimes things go wrong with sad results. Condolences to the family and friends.

      Spotty - 2012-01-07 21:49

      Agreed. It's just variations on Russian Roulette.

  • Gavin - 2012-01-07 13:21

    I want what he was smoking...

      Squeegee - 2012-01-07 14:40

      Perhaps you should rather change places with him, idiot.

      Siso - 2012-01-07 22:49

      Is it, well you are the next one..

      Fussed - 2012-05-07 11:03

      Smoking his socks Because Marian said sombody could be in his shoes

  • bounca363 - 2012-01-07 14:00

    Ooooooh Eh-eh oooooh eh eh, Just one jump is enough!!!

      Schalk - 2012-01-07 15:15

      The day they handed out brains you probably sneaked out for a quick zol and missed the whole thing didn't you?

      Rossi Chistolini - 2012-01-07 16:26

      As we can see your mom must have droped you on the head as a baby its ok!knob

      Fussed - 2012-05-07 11:04

      Stand and deliver

  • annatjie.sandrock - 2012-01-07 14:28

    It is a pity that people dont have respect of death and sympathy with people anymore.

      Gavin - 2012-01-07 15:36

      What sympathy are you referring to exactly...? The guy knew what he was doing when he climbed over to the other side, there is no ambiguity here. He was either goofed or doobed up, this was a stupid decision and he paid with his life, lets hope others learn from this. I have zero sympathy for idiots like this.

      Spotty - 2012-01-07 21:56

      Too much experiance related to death and suffering caused by stupidity does this to people. They see things as they actually are. Whether it be showing off in a speeding vehicle, sticking a needle of heroin into one's arm, or simply climbing over a safety barrier, you see death as a just end. Nothing to respect there, and no sympathy for supposedly "thinking" people who cease to think. We've come to live in a world of sissies. Grief councelling for the slightest thing. Look at the animal kingdom to see what happens to the weak in a herd.

      Fred - 2012-05-07 12:23

      Well, I can see a law suit coming. Were there notice boards warning people not do these things. Did the owner of the building try to do "as far as practically possible" measures to prevent this. Who runs the parking facility,and so on. This is a Health and Safety issue.

  • davidmarctaylor - 2012-01-07 15:18

    I had the privilege of teaching this young man, and I can assure you, he is not a stupid boy. He was just a normal young guy doing things that most young guys his age do. He was just one of the unlucky ones. Judgement is a cruel thing and I'm sure every person who has commented on this story has done stupid things in their lives, but have just been lucky enough to tell the tale. RIP Brendon, love Mr T.

  • schulz.juanpierre - 2012-01-07 16:11

    Condolences to the Mellors family, my sincere condolences and sympathy to all the people he influenced in life. All the EHS boys, he is watching over you from above.... May God bless everyone. RIP!!

  • Michael Claudio Soares - 2012-01-07 16:57

    Trageic story! U didn't mean to go that way! You will be missed bren! May God be with your Family and Friends through this difficult time! Guide your family and friends from above! Love Natercia

  • danie.dewaal - 2012-01-07 19:31

    I think the reason why people mock is simply because someone who is so careless with his own life tend to be even more careless with the lives of others. It is always a tragedy when someone dies, but then if you play with fire.....

  • Natanya - 2012-01-07 21:32

    Darwin's theory proven once again.

  • Nicole Kruger - 2012-01-07 22:43

    He was a wonderful man who always put smiles on peoples faces and made them laugh! He was a friend, a brother and a son, and was loved by many! I am disgusted by the lack of compassion and respect being displayed here! Yes,he made a mistake, a huge mistake which cost him his life but we all make mistakes, so let's stop making jokes about this PERSONS life and not cause his family and friends anymore grief!

      davidmarctaylor - 2012-01-10 12:05

      Very well said Nicole. It's clear from your comment that you have the best Maths teacher in the world.

  • Fred - 2012-05-07 12:32

    This is a Health and Safety issue concerning the owner of the building as well as the people running the the parking facility. I don't think that any notice absolving the owners of all the liability can be used as defence.

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