Inquest opens into death of ‘beautiful and brilliant’ teen who died in university halls

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An inquest has opened into the death of a 19-year-old student who was found dead at his university halls.

The body of Finn Kitson was discovered by security staff as the University of Manchester’s Fallowfield campus on October 8.

Zak Golombeck, area coroner for the Manchester city, confirmed in a statement that Mr Kitson was “found by security at his student accommodation”.

Police say they do not believe there to be any suspicious circumstances into his death.

Mr Kitson was the son of leading Cambridge academic Michael Kitson.

Paying tribute to his son Mr Kitson posted on social media: “”We love and miss him so much.”

He added: “Our beautiful brilliant son and brother, Finn, has passed away. We are all devastated.

“Please give anything you can towards mental health charities.

“He was 19 with this whole life before him.”

Mr Kitson’s mum, Jane Denney, posted: “Our beautiful, brilliant and lovely son Finn has passed away. We are devastated beyond belief. Please if you can donate to mental health charity CALM.”

Coroner Mr Golombeck confirmed that Mr Kitson, who was from Cambridge, was born on July 2, 2001, and he died on October 8, 2020, Manchester Evening News reports.

He said: “I started this hearing by reading a statement from my Police Coroner’s Officer that said: ‘Finnian was a 19 year old male born on July 2 2001 and very sadly died on October 8 2020 at an address in Manchester.

“He was a student and his next of kin are his parents Jane Denney and Michael Kitson.”

Finn was a former youth player at Cambridge City FC. The club held a minute’s silence for him before their FA Cup match against Halesowen Town earlier this week.

Cambridge City manager Robbie Nightingale said: “Everyone at the club is saddened to learn of the passing of former youth player Finn Kitson.

“We dedicated our recent Emirates FA Cup win against Halesowen Town to Finn with supporters and players of both clubs coming together to hold a minutes silence and raising money for the mental health charity MIND in his memory.”

Friends and former colleagues have paid tribute to Mr Kitson on social media.

Nic Mitham said: “Finn was a fantastic young man and a well-loved member of the Cambridge Celts squad.

“We are all deeply saddened and shocked by this devastating news and give our heartfelt condolences to the Kitson family in these very difficult times. Rest in peace Finn.”

The football coach also tweeted a clip of Finn scoring a goal for the Cambridge Celts.

His father tweeted the video with the words: “We miss you so much. Love mum, dad, Beth and Harry.”

The Kitson family declined to comment further when contacted by the Manchester Evening News.

In a statement, the university Dr Simon Merrywest – director for the student experience – said last week: “We can confirm that very sadly one of our students was found deceased in their hall of residence at around 5pm on Thursday, October 8.

“We are providing all possible support to their family and friends and our utmost sympathies go out to them.”

In a statement, Greater Manchester Police said: “At around 5pm on Thursday, October 8, police received a report of concern for the welfare of a man at a property off Moseley Road, Manchester.

“Emergency services attended and a 19-year-old man was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

“His next of kin has been informed. There are believed to be no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.”

The inquest was adjourned to allow for the analysis of Mr Kitson’s phone and laptop by Greater Manchester Police and to obtain statements from the relevant parties.