Camden shop sign death: Tribute to 'wonderful' brother

  • 31 January 2013
  • From the section London
Fallen sign
Image caption The sign covered the length of the shop front

The brother of a lawyer who died when a shop sign fell on him in north London has described him as a wonderful man.

Jacob Marx, 27, was hit on the head by the metal sign from a William Hill betting shop in Camden Road, Camden Town, on Monday evening.

His brother David also thanked the passers-by and emergency workers who tried to save Jacob, a New Zealander.

Mr Marx, who came to the UK in September, worked at the Sydney office of law firm Minter Ellison Rudd Watts.

In tribute to his brother, Mr Marx said: "Jacob was a wonderful person, a special part of our family, and a much-loved friend and partner.

'Far from home'

"Losing him so quickly and so far away is very hard for us to come to terms with. We thank everyone for the love and kind support we've received as we try to grapple with what has happened.

"We'd also like to thank the emergency services and people in Camden who came to Jacob's aid and tried to help save him.

"It means a lot to us that, despite him being so far from home, people did their best to look after him."

Mr Marx came to the UK last year with his girlfriend, Natalie Chung, and the couple had planned to travel together.

He was fatally injured when the sign, which was about 9m (30ft) long and had covered the length of the shop front, fell on to the pavement at about 17: 00 GMT.

Police said he had a cardiac arrest at the scene and died in hospital.

Camden Council said an investigation into what happened was under way and that it was working with police.

A spokesman for William Hill said they were "extending full co-operation to the authorities as they seek to understand the circumstances leading to this deeply regrettable and unforeseen accident".

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