A LAD from Birmingham who died while working in Ibiza has been described as “loyal and lovely” in touching tributes from friends and family.
Harry Kingsland, 21, died after allegedly being punched in the face while trying to break up a fight. The incident took place at 7.35am on Wednesday in the popular party resort of San Antonio.
The alleged assailant was another British man who tried to escape over a second-floor balcony before being stopped by police and arrested, according to local Spanish media.
Harry’s brother Anthony Kingsland wrote on Facebook: “I really can’t believe I’m never guna see my little brother again. I love you Harry Kingsland you was such a genuine lovely lad and didn’t deserve this.
“I will never ever forget you, bro.”
Benefits Street star White Dee said she had met Harry twice while he worked as a dancer with the UK Pleasure Boys.
She said: “I met him socially a couple of times through the UK Pleasure Boys, which is my friend’s company. He was a happy-go-lucky young man who had a zest for life.
“It’s absolutely tragic for this to happen to anyone, let alone someone so young.
“Every single day now you hear about someone dying, whether it’s through one punch, knife crime or something else. There are too many young people dying through complete and utter stupidity.”
Sash Roughley, who had worked with Harry, told BirminghamLive: “I knew Harry while I was out working in Ibiza and honestly he was the nicest lad I’ve ever met.
“He was honest, polite and absolutely hilarious. Harry would be the main reason I loved going to work, if I was in a bad mood I knew he’d cheer me up with his jokes. When I heard the news I was absolutely heartbroken that such a young loyal and lovely lad had been taken away from us.”
Sash added that Harry had been working the summer season in Ibiza
Jordy Pinkerton, from Solihull, also reacted to the news on Facebook.
She said: “Another local young life gone in a totally preventable way. So sad RIP Harry. 3 People I know under 30 in less than a week!!! Tragic x”
A spokeswoman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: “We are in contact with the family of a British man following his death in Ibiza. Our thoughts are with them at this difficult time, and we are in touch with the local authorities regarding the incident.”
According to the island newspaper, the victim was punched by the other man at the private accommodation where they were both staying.
He suffered a traumatic brain injury and could not be saved, reports said.
“Sources from 061 confirm that this morning they treated the young man, who presented severe head and traumatic brain injury as a result of an attack,” Diario de Ibiza reported on Wednesday.
“The young man went into cardio-respiratory arrest and died despite the resuscitation efforts of the emergency medics.”
The second Brit was arrested by the Civil Guard in connection with the death.
It is understood he is also 21 years old and is still being held.