A man who fell from the scaffolding in central London was an accomplished freewheeler who had climbed many of the capital's best-known landmarks.
Johnny & # 39; Snyper & # 39; Turner, a well-known parkour enthusiast and a member of the London community & # 39; Urban Exploration & # 39;, died on Friday night from an apartment block in Waterloo.
The 28-year-old had used his parkour skills to climb many of London's most iconic buildings, including the Battersea Power Station and the Barbican, to take exceptional photos of the city from above.
Johnny & # 39; Snyper & # 39; Turner, a well-known parkour enthusiast and a member of the London city research community, died on Friday evening from a block of flats in Waterloo
Tragically, Turner – known as the "pioneer" of the parish – was found at the foot of Windmill House in Wandsworth after he reportedly fell eight stories.
His best friend and urban researcher Harry Dibsdale honored the freewheeler in a raw and emotional Facebook post.
'I love you, man. I still can't believe it. Nobody saw the importance of what we did as much as you did.
"Your attitude to life helped me with so much shit and you knew how much I appreciate everything we did together.
"More memorable moments with you than anyone else, the things we've seen and done together are some of the best memories in my whole life."
Friends and well-wishers also paid tribute to the late runner and donated money to cover the funeral expenses.
The 28-year-old had used his parkour skills to climb many of London's most iconic buildings, including the Battersea Power Station and the Barbican, to take exceptional photos of the city from above
Friends described him as a pioneer of the London city research community. Online pictures show how he climbs buildings like the Barbican and Battersea Power Station
Aiste Karnisauskaite said: “Johnny was really unique. One of the most wonderful and kindest souls I've ever met. A creative pioneer as well as inspiration. Love and strength for his family and those who have lost a brother. You will be missed very much, buddy. & # 39;
Kevin Barthelemy said: “Johnny, your openness, positive energy, love and presence are really missing, but you will live in our hearts forever! I am grateful that I shared such unique moments with you. Great love and strength for your family. & # 39;
Mr. Turner's uncle, Ralph Phillips, said of the Evening Standard: “He was a great boy, very nice to be here. His mother and father knew what he was doing and were obviously worried about how each parent would do it.
Mr. Turner, an accomplished parkour runner from Wandsworth who had climbed a variety of skyscrapers in London, was recognized
“His parents came to see us after what happened. It is difficult for a parent to understand that a child dies before it. They are devastated. He was a talented artist and a caring person with lots of friends. & # 39;
Mr. Phillips said that Mr. Turner's parents, who were in Germany at the time of the accident, would like a thorough investigation to find out what happened.
More than 40 members of the free-running community gathered at Windmill House, where Mr. Turner died to pay their respects on Sunday.
A GoFundMe page set up in his memory has raised almost £ 4,500.
After the freewheeler's death, a street art mural dedicated to Turner was shown
This is not the first time a freewheeler has died exploring the city.
In 2017, 17-year-old Nye & # 39; Frankie & # 39; Newman from Hampshire & # 39; disastrous & # 39; Head injuries after sticking his head between the cars of a Parisian subway train to take a selfie.
Newman and a group of friends were on the Parisian subway and drove to New Year's Eve fireworks at the Eiffel Tower when a friend unlocked one of the adjacent doors of the car.
An investigation found that Nye, full name Aneuryn Newman, was a talented daredevil who enjoyed running free all over the world and then stepped on the wiring.
Nye, whose full name was Aneuryn Francis Newman, got between the carriages and was hit by an object when he raised his head for a moment, which tragically cost him his life.