The family of a man whose last moments were caught on CCTV say they were ‘literally in tears’ when they saw the footage on YouTube. The video shows the gentleman in the High Street slipping on a banana skin. He then, unfortunately, hit his head on the pavement and was pronounced dead at the scene by the emergency services. The owner of a nearby fruit and vegetable stall also fell about and was treated for aching ribs.
‘It’s just so painful to watch,’ said the dead man’s son, ‘particularly the slow-motion replay. By about the third time of watching, it hurts so much it makes you cry. My mate Danny came round last night for a few cans and stuff, and honestly, the third time he watched it, he literally killed himself and had lager coming down his nose.’
‘Of course I’m cracked up about my dad,’ he said, wiping his eyes, ‘because he’s not here to see the video himself. He used to love those old Charlie Chaplin films.’
The video is to be added to the family archive, filed in ‘favourites’ next to mobile phone footage of his late uncle at last year’s summer barbeque when a sudden gust of wind blew out the end wall of a rickety old wooden barn. ‘That was classic,’ he said; ‘a few inches to the left and he’d have been standing in just the right spot to fit through the gap where the window was missing.’