Devastated friends have paid heartbreaking tributes to a British teenager who plunged to his death from a fifth-floor balcony on the last day of a lads’ holiday in Spain.
Luke Freeman, 19 and a former Reading FC Academy footballer, died instantly after falling from tourist apartments in the Costa Brava resort of Lloret de Mar.
It is thought he lost his balance and toppled over the balcony after a night out with friends.
Get Reading reports the teenager had just completed the first year of a Sports Science degree at Bournemouth University.
The club posted a tribute on its Facebook page, which said: "Mischievous kid with a beautiful left foot.
"World is a less colourful place without you Luke. Wish we’d been there to catch you. Your team."
A friend said: "He was a super, super talented player."
"He was the sort of player you don't get in English football, with an absolute magic wand of a left foot.
"He was at Reading's Academy for many years.
"He played at a walking pace, but was brilliant coming in on his left foot off the right wing."
The pal said Luke, of Winnersh, near Reading, Berkshire, was also a huge music fan who spent a lot of time with his friends heading to festivals and concerts around the country.
The friend added: "He was really starting to live his life to the full.
"He was not an aggressive kid at all, just a lovely, lovely kid. He never held anything back, he always had something to say.
"He had a really sharp wit and a very intelligent mind.
"He was super, super talented. He was so clever, as well as being a fantastic footballer."
Following the tragedy, one of Luke's friends wrote online: "Doesn't seem the right time to say what an incredibly talented player he was….but he really was.
"What an incredibly gifted kid and heartbreaking moment.
"Sorry Luke, we weren't there to catch you and like everyone else I'm heartbroken."
Luke was Man on the Match last year in a cup final for Hurst FC.
The friend also said Luke loved nothing more than spending time with his family.
He said: "He was super family orientated.
"You would always see him out with his parents.
"He loved spending time with his family.
"He would always go to see his grandfather Ron every week."
A Reading FC spokesman said: “The thoughts of all at Reading Football Club are with the family and friends of Luke at this time.
"We have lost a young footballer, a fan and a friend to the club.”
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