Family pays heartfelt tribute to young Chesterfield man after tragedy

The late Jamie Stone.
The late Jamie Stone.
  • Jamie Stone passed away in his flat at the age of just 25
  • Family say Jamie was a ‘much-loved son and brother’ with a passion for music and writing
  • Tragedy comes almost a year after Jamie lost his friend, Aidan Karpenko

Heartfelt tributes have been paid to a much-loved young man who has passed away.

The body of Jamie Stone, 25, was found at his flat in Malson Way, Newbold, on Friday, June 5.

Jamie was a much-loved son and brother who doted on his younger siblings

The family of Jamie Stone

In a statement, Mr Stone’s family said: “Jamie was a much-loved son and brother who doted on his younger siblings.

“His interests ranged from science to surfing and he was a keen writer, having undertaken courses in screenwriting and creative writing at Hurst House in Chesterfield. He loved music.

“He was intelligent and when younger regularly came top of his class at Abercrombie Primary School but unfortunately his enduring mental health problems undermined his ability to fulfil his full potential.

“He will be much missed.”

Mr Stone’s inquest was opened at Chesterfield coroners’ court last Wednesday.

Coroner James Newman said: “I understand that Jamie may not have been seen for some time, certainly not since around May 27, 2015.”

Mr Newman said his office was still awaiting post-mortem results to ascertain the cause of Mr Stone’s death and a police file to help establish the circumstances surrounding his death.

He adjourned the inquest to a date to be fixed.

Mr Stone’s death comes almost a year after his friend Aidan Karpenko died on June 25, 2014.

Speaking at Mr Karpenko’s inquest in November, Mr Stone said: “Aidan was like a kid brother to me.”

Louise Lowe, Mr Karpenko’s foster mother, said: “I’m thinking about Jamie’s family.

“No words can ease the heartache.”

The statement from Mr Stone’s family added: “Aidan’s death had a profound effect on Jamie.

“This is a double tragedy.

“We extend our condolences to Aidan’s family.”

A former Chesterfield College student, Mr Karpenko was a talented musician and worked as a bartender at Frankie and Benny’s in the town.

Family described him as “bright, loving and talented”.

Post-mortem tests revealed Mr Karpenko, of Chesterfield Road, Holmewood, died of cardiorespiratory depression due to Etizolam toxicity.

Etizolam is used as a medicine in Japan and India to treat anxiety, insomnia and panic attacks.

The drug is not licensed as a medicine in the UK – although it is not classed as an illegal substance.

Mr Newman recorded a conclusion of accidental death at Mr Karpenko’s inquest after hearing Jamie gave him the Etizolam.

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