Isaac Powner: Tribute to man who died after Radio 1's Big Weekend

Isaac Powner Image copyright Family photo

The family of a 23-year-old who died after attending Radio 1's Big Weekend say they are "completely heartbroken".

Isaac Powner's sister posted on Facebook that her brother killed himself "after a great day out" and all the family are "devastated".

Gemma Braithwaite wrote that "sometimes when he had a beer he mentioned being unhappy" but they didn't know the thoughts were "real or serious".

It's thought Isaac became separated from family two hours before he died.

Gemma posted: "Mental health is a massive issue in our country and it needs addressing. We need to break the taboo of 'men are strong' and 'don't cry' to help save their lives, please stop telling young males to 'man up'.

"It really is OK not to be OK. Be kind, always, some people are fighting a battle even the closest to them don't see."

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Parts of the A174 - close to Stewart Park in Middlesbrough where Big Weekend was held - were closed around the time the festival was finishing on Saturday.

North East Ambulance Service confirmed it responded to a road traffic collision on the A174 on Saturday night, after receiving a call just before 9:30pm, and two people were taken to A&E.

Cleveland Police say the body of a man was discovered on the road.

In a statement, they said: "Two vehicles had also been in collision with each other... The elderly male driver and female passenger travelling in a silver Mazda were taken to hospital.

"The 77-year-old male suffered broken bones and the 82-year-old woman suffered serious leg injuries.

"Both remain in hospital in a stable condition."

Investigations are ongoing.

A BBC spokesperson said: "We are shocked and saddened to hear the news and our thoughts go out to his family and friends at this difficult time."

If you have been affected by any of the issues mentioned in this article, you can find help at the BBC Advice pages.

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