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Police investigate death of 18-year-old west Belfast man

Staff Reporter

POLICE are investigating the death of 18-year-old west Belfast man Aaron Strong who died on Wednesday in hospital after taking seriously ill last weekend.

It's understood that the young man was taken to hospital with a heart attack early last Saturday after taking a combination of drink and drugs at a friend's party the night before.

However, his death is not being treated as suspicious at this time, police have also confirmed.

The former Corpus Christi School pupil from Glenalina Road in Ballymurphy had been in a comma in hospital until he passed away on Wednesday evening.

News of Mr Strong's condition shocked his family and close friends who poured their feelings out on social media, hoping that he would pull through and asking others to pray for his recovery.

One young friend posted this message on Facebook: 'Thinking of the strong family & friends, another young life taking (sic) to soon, hearts broke rest in piece (sic)'.

A PSNI statement said: "Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the sudden death of an 18-year-old male from west Belfast. He died in hospital today after being admitted on Saturday.

"A post mortem examination will take place to determine the cause of death that is not being treated as suspicious at this time."

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