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Plymouth Pryzm nightclub deaths: Tributes paid to teenagers

Aaron Reilly and Joshua Brock Image copyright Family handout
Image caption Aaron Reilly (left) and Joshua Brock and were found unconscious at the Pryzm nightclub in Plymouth

Tributes have been paid to two 19-year-old men who died after apparently taking drugs at a nightclub.

Aaron Reilly and Joshua Brock were found unconscious at Pryzm in Plymouth in the early hours of Saturday,

The teenagers, who police said thought they were taking ecstasy, died later in hospital.

The club was evacuated and an 18-year-old man was arrested by Devon and Cornwall Police. He has been released under investigation, the force said.

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The family of Mr Reilly, from Newton Abbot, described him as "a much-loved son, brother, grandson and boyfriend" who loved skateboarding and playing computer games.

'One silly mistake'

His younger brother Kian said: "My brother was one of the most responsible people I ever knew and everything he achieved I was so proud of, but I was so envious of his talent.

"I can't believe he was taken from me and my family from one silly mistake, just trying to have fun on a night out with his best mates."

Image caption Hundreds of young people had been attending a gig by the Swedish dance artist Basshunter when the pair collapsed

Mr Brock, from Okehampton, was described as "a loving son to Steve and Sandra, an inspirational brother to Liam and Demelza and a loyal mate to all his friends".

"Joshua was in his third year studying for a diploma in aircraft engineering at the Flybe Training Academy in Exeter when his life was cut short," the family said in a statement.

"He was the kindest, most helpful person you could hope to meet and had a great sense of humour.

"His main hobby was keeping fit and eating healthily, so what happened that night is so totally out of character as he was always against drug taking in any shape or form. One moment of madness led to this tragedy."

On Saturday, the nightclub described the deaths as "tragic and very sad", adding that staff were co-operating with the police investigation.

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