Inquest opens into death of 22-year-old Aviva and Mercy nightclub worker


Grant Curtis. Picture: COURTESY OF LAURENCE TAYLOR - Credit: Archant

An inquest has opened into the death of a popular nightclub barman and insurance administrator.

Grant Curtis, pictured right. Picture: COURTESY OF LAURENCE TAYLOR

Grant Curtis, pictured right. Picture: COURTESY OF LAURENCE TAYLOR - Credit: Archant

Grant Curtis was found dead in the bedroom of his home on Douro Place in Norwich on Saturday, October 28, 2017.

The 22-year-old worked at the insurance company Aviva for around a year, while also working as a bartender at Mercy nightclub in Prince of Wales Road at weekends.

Those who knew Mr Curtis described him as someone who had a 'heart of gold' and 'always had a smile on his face'.

An inquest into his death opened at the Norfolk Coroner's Court in Norwich on Tuesday, January 2.

Senior coroner Jacqueline Lake said Mr Curtis's body was found in his bedroom and he was declared dead at the scene.

A post-mortem gave the medical cause of death as 'opiate excess'.

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A gofundme website page set up shortly after his death to support his family with funeral costs raised £3,000.

The page read: 'A lot of people have been left absolutely heartbroken and we need help to raise money to give him the best send off going, something he really does deserve.

'He was the party in our lives and we all have been left absolutely devastated.

'He had a heart of gold and would have helped anyone with the best of his ability, always had a smile on his face. He was a very, very loved person.'

Laurence Taylor – one of Grant's best friends, who set up the page – said: 'It's such a shame. He had so many people who loved him.

'He was a very good person to be there for you. He was very good at giving advice.

'He was such a lovely guy who had a heart of gold for everyone. He was such a generous guy. He was a diamond of a guy.

'He had a very open mind and he was always very truthful with people – he told people how it was and he didn't care what they thought.

'All of his friends are absolutely devastated. There are literally no words that come close to it. Everyone is seriously devastated. Everyone is just so emotional.'

Mr Taylor added that Grant, a former Blyth Jex School pupil who lived in Norwich, loved nothing more than going out partying and drinking, adding: 'He was always the centre of attention.'