South East Wales

Neknominate inquiry: Stephen Brookes had 'massive heart' say family

Stephen Brookes
In a tribute, the family of Stephen Brookes say he was known for his good humour

A family say they are heartbroken after the death of a 29-year-old Cardiff man thought to be linked to the Neknominate drinking game.

Stephen Brookes's family said they had been overwhelmed with "beautiful messages" since his death on Sunday morning.

On Monday, South Wales Police said they were waiting for post-mortem test results into his sudden death.

The family called his death a "sad tragedy".

"As his parents we are heartbroken by this sad tragedy and the loss of our son who we loved so dearly," they said.

In a statement issued by police, they described Mr Brookes from Rumney as "well known for his outgoing personality, his friendship and generosity".

"Everyone knew of Stephen's great sense of humour, he was always winding people up," they said.

"Stephen had a massive heart and he loved all his family dearly and would do anything for them, his grandparents, siblings, uncles, aunties, cousins and all of his friends."

On Monday, police confirmed they had received information about the drinking game as part of the investigation.

Neknominate, which has been linked to other deaths, involves people filming themselves "necking" a drink, posting a video on social media and then nominating someone else to do the same.

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