Groom-to-be falls to his death in front of his bride and friends before wedding day


A groom-to-be fell to his death from a washing line while larking around with friends months before his wedding.

Adam Ashby suffered a fatal brain injury after taking a tumble from the top of the line that he climbed to show off to his family and friends at a birthday party.

The 31-year-old climbed up a ten-foot washing line pole to impress friends at a gathering on May 26, but fell off and landed head-first onto a patio – in front of his family and friends.

Ambulance crews were called and he was rushed to King’s College Hospital in London but died the following day.

His heart-broken fiancee Abbie Wildeman, 27, was due to marry the alarm engineer from Maidstone, Kent, next January.

She said: “It’s been devastating and so hard.

“He fell right in front of me, my friends, and my family.

“They were having a few beers and a laugh.

“Being a bit of a Jack the lad, he was climbing up the washing line but fell because the top was too weak.”

Abbie, who now lives in Rochester, Kent, has been going through the agonising process of calling off her venue booking, telling caterers they are not needed, and cancelling her wedding dress order.

The mum-of-three said he will be fondly remembered and added: “He was a joker, he was really funny – a class clown personality.

“He was a worker and a family man.

“Although he wasn’t the father of my children he treated them as if they were his own.”

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