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A property developer died over the Easter weekend when he climbed into a hammock and was hit but the brick pillar it had been attached to.  

James Douglas, 28, was killed shortly after getting into the hammock, which was in his garden at his family home in Tunstall Village Green in Sunderland.

The hammock was elevated between two brick columns. One, which had been standing for 15 years, collapsed on top of him.

,The North East Ambulance Service, air ambulance and fire service attended at around 5.30pm but James was pronounced dead at the scene.

His mother, Lynne Wright, has now paid tribute to her ‘incredible’ son following his death.

James Douglas (right), pictured with his mother Lynne Wright and brother Grant Wright

James Douglas (right), pictured with his mother Lynne Wright and brother Grant Wright

James Douglas (right), pictured with his mother Lynne Wright and brother Grant Wright

She said: ‘We are all absolutely devastated, completely heartbroken – James had the world at his feet, he was incredible.

‘He had everything and he worked so hard, everything he touched turned to gold, he was such a lovely person and was loved by so many people.’

James, who also managed a letting company, funeral business, and party event firm with brother Grant Wright, 24, had planned to head out to the stables later in the afternoon where he and his girlfriend of 10 years, Lauren, had horses.

Lynne, 50 added: ‘It was like any normal day so it has come as a huge shock to everyone.

James Douglas, 28, from Sunderland, who was killed in a freak accident involving a hammock after a pillar collapsed on top of him as he climbed onto the hanging seat. Pictured with his girlfriend Lauren Crowe

James Douglas, 28, from Sunderland, who was killed in a freak accident involving a hammock after a pillar collapsed on top of him as he climbed onto the hanging seat. Pictured with his girlfriend Lauren Crowe

James Douglas, 28, from Sunderland, who was killed in a freak accident involving a hammock after a pillar collapsed on top of him as he climbed onto the hanging seat. Pictured with his girlfriend Lauren Crowe

‘All James did was work and he was brilliant at everything he did, but his life has been tragically cut short. We are so distraught.

‘You don’t expect things like this to happen to your family and we don’t know how or why the pillar fell down because it’s been standing for so long.

‘James will be truly missed by so many people – he was exceptionally hard working and one of a kind.’

Source: Daily Mail

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