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Tributes paid to teenagers who died after taking suspected ecstasy drug in Plymouth nightclub

Aaron Reilly and Joshua Brock, both 19, collapsed at the Pryzm nightclub in Plymouth. Photo: ITV News

Tributes have been paid to two 19-year-old teenagers who died after collapsing at a Plymouth nightclub.

Police say they took what they thought was MDMA. MDMA is a form of the drug ecstasy.

Aaron Reilly and Joshua Brock have been described as "kind" and as men with a "great sense of humour".

Josh who was studying for a diploma in aircraft engineering, was said to be a loving son and loyal friend.

His family said the incident was “totally out of character” and that "one moment of madness lead to this tragedy".

He was the kindest, most helpful person you could hope to meet and had a great sense of humour.

He would do anything for anybody, was very popular and loved a night out with friends drinking and having a laugh.

His main hobby was keeping fit and eating healthily, so what happened that night is so totally out of character as he was always against drug taking in any shape or form. One moment of madness lead to this tragedy.

Of all your achievements Josh, we are so proud and stand and salute you; Your handsome face, cheeky smile and curly hair; And all those happy moments we shared; RIP my beautiful son and loving brother – Until we can all be together again."

– Brock family statement

Aaron's family said he loved to skate and play computer games.

Aaron was a much loved son, brother, grandson and boyfriend. He loved to skate, play computer games. Like most teenage lads he liked a night out with his friends and was respected by them as a non-drug user.

Aaron had the whole of his life ahead of him and it has all been taken away from him way to soon by one stupid mistake and not knowing the devastating consequences.”

– Reilly family statement

Kian Reilly, Aaron’s younger brother, said he "tried so hard to follow in his footsteps" and now "no longer have anyone to look up to".

My brother was one of the most responsible people I ever knew and everything he achieved I was so proud of, but I was so envious of his talent.

I can't believe he was taken from me and my family from one silly mistake, just trying to have fun on a night out with his best mates."

– Kian Reilly

They were part of a larger group who had gone to see the DJ Basshunter perform at Pryzm nightclub on the night of Friday, 8 December.

Emergency services were called to Pryzm nightclub at around 1:40am on Saturday morning, where the two men were found unconscious.

They were taken to Derriford Hospital where they later died.

An 18-year-old man was arrested and has been released under investigation.

Pryzm nightclub in Plymouth. Credit: ITV News

DJ BassHunter on that Friday tweeted:

Plymouth wow!! What a crowd @Pryzmplymouth not sure what happened after I finished my show but hope everyone is ok

– Twitter / @basshunt

Detective Inspector Julie Scoles says taking unknown substances is incredibly dangerous.

I am urging the public, especially those going out and planning to take recreational drugs, to be aware of this incident and think twice before taking any unknown substance.

There is always a risk when taking drugs and the only way of staying safe is to avoid drugs altogether.”

– Detective Inspector Julie Scoles

A spokesperson from the nightclub also issued condolences to the families.

We are devastated by the events of this morning where two young men tragically lost their lives, and we would like to extend our thoughts and condolences to the families and friends at this very sad time.

It is believed that earlier in the night the two men took what they thought to be MDMA and we would urge anyone, especially those going out tonight and who may be planning on taking recreational drugs, to be aware of this incident and to please think twice before taking any unknown substance."

– Pryzm nightclub, Plymouth

Police are urging anyone with information to call 101 or email 101@dc.police.uk quoting log number 67 for 9 December.

Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or reporting online www.crimestoppers-uk.org.