Boy, 17, dies after drinking two pints of neat vodka on night out in CroydonEdit

Peter Dominiczak, 16 Mar 2011

Dead boy

Picture from London Evening Standard article.

A teenager has died after downing two pints of neat vodka while playing a drinking game, his friends said today. Louis Buxton, 17, died on Saturday morning after being taken to hospital following a drinking session with friends in Croydon, south London, the previous night.

The promising footballer was taken to Croydon University Hospital after his friends noticed he was "in trouble" after drinking the vodka.

Emotional tributes were today paid to Louis, a popular pupil at Langley Park School for Boys in Beckenham, south east London. One close friend wrote on a website: "Everyone will learn from this. It's making everyone think twice before drinking. I can tell some of his friends blame themselves as they were all together that night." The friend added: "All of us are broken because you left. No words will ever express what you were. I'm happy that I got to be a part of your life."

Carl Norman, coach of the team Louis played for, Beckenham Town Football Club, today said he had spoken to some of the other players on the team who told him that the teenager had died after downing two pints of vodka. He said: "I got a message from one of the other lads over the weekend saying he had downed two pints of neat vodka and was rushed to hospital. "Louis was a really nice guy with a great sense of humour. He was the team joker but always had time for encouraging the younger lads. He was a great lad and will be really missed."

Friends of the teen held a memorial for him on Sunday night, laying white roses outside the school. Headteacher Rob Northcott added: "Louis was a nice boy. There are a lot of us who are missing him. I have been with his family over the past couple of days and we are desperate to find out what happened."

A police spokesman said: "At this stage, we are treating the death as unexplained and await the results from the post-mortem examination."

By London Evening Standard

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