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09th Mar 2023

Father dies hours after funeral for 23-year-old daughter who fell from nightclub balcony

Charlie Herbert

A father died just hours have the funeral for his 23-year-old daughter, who fell from a nightclub balcony.

Katie Davenport, 23, had jumped from a fire escape at Hey Amigos nightclub in Southport after becoming involved in an “altercation” during a night out with work colleagues, an inquest heard on Wednesday (March 9).

The carer was moved to the fire escape by a door supervisor at around 2am on Sunday, September 4, who witnessed her jump from the balcony when he turned around for a check.

She suffered traumatic brain injuries and underwent brain surgery at The Walton Centre before dying 13 days later on Saturday, September 13.

Katie fell from the fire escape balcony at the back of Hey Amigos nightclub in Southport (Google Maps)

Coroner Julie Goulding ruled that Katie died as a result of significant brain injuries with “insufficient evidence she wanted to take her own life”, the Liverpool Echo reports.

In an emotional statement on behalf of her family and boyfriend Niall, her sister Lianne revealed that Katie’s father died the night of the funeral.

Katie’s funeral took place at West Lancashire Cemetery and Crematorium on October 14, a month after her death, with her dad suffering an epileptic fit just hours after the service.

The father of 23-year-old care home assistant Katie Davenport, who fell to her death from the fire escape of a nightclub, died on the day of her funeral after suffering a fatal epileptic fit (Lianne Clegg/Liverpool Echo)

She said: “I can’t even begin to describe the pain and heartache we have gone through since losing our beautiful Katie. She was the most beautiful, funniest girl with the most infectious laugh.

“Katie had struggled with her mental health over the years but reached out for help and along with the help and support of her partner Niall had got to a place in her life where she was confident, outgoing and loving life.

“She had recently passed her driving test, saving up for a mortgage, booked a holiday and got a second job in health care – a job she adored doing.

“She worked extremely hard she was motivated and determined to save as much money as she could to live a happy and comfortable life.

“I have sat for months and months and tried to put together the night’s events, this has been painful and difficult and most of all frustrating, the impact this has had on our family has been devastating, not only losing Katie we also lost her dad a few weeks later after he took an epileptic fit the night of her funeral and sadly passed away.”

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