A 22-year-old student has allegedly killed himself after a social media prank went tragically wrong at university.
Edward Senior, better known as Ted, was following his dream of becoming a doctor studying at the Swansea Medical School, part of the city’s university.
Reportedly leaving a comment on a private message board about a fling he had with a female student at the same university, Ted believed he was just sharing the message with his close friends.
However, it’s claimed his mates from the university rugby team decided to share the message with hundreds of other students as a joke and the next day, it had circulated around campus, even being seen by the girl in question.
As reported by the Daily Mail, Ted allegedly returned to his family home. His body was found in woodland nearby, after taking his own life.
A Go Fund Me page, as well as a foundation, have now been set up by Ted’s brother, Max, which aims to raise both money and awareness to help young people who are contemplating ending their lives.
Appropriately named ‘The Ted Senior Foundation’, the page has so far raised an amazing £13,783, at time of writing (March 7).
On the site, Max wrote about his brother saying:
On the 10th of February 2018, Ted Senior tragically took his own life.
In the 22 years he lived, he had an unbelievable impact on so many people’s lives. He had a rare ability to light up any room with his wide smile, mop of blonde hair and special charm.
Ted was a friend to everyone and always did his upmost to help people in need. The life and soul of every situation, Ted was someone who embodied all the right values on how to live and will undoubtedly leave a lifelong legacy in everyone’s hearts.
Max also went on to write:
Ted achieved a huge amount in such a small space of time; he was a talented rugby player and had a great passion for all sports. More recently, he got into medical school after years of hard work and sacrifice.
Ted was a son, a brother and a friend to many and will be sorely missed by everyone lucky enough to know him.
In honour of Ted, it’s the family’s wish to set up a foundation in his name. This will be an organic process with funds raised being invested in projects and forums aimed at preventing a reoccurrence of a similar tragedy.
An inquest was opened on February 12 by the Gwent Coroner and was adjourned while police inquiries continue into Ted’s tragic death.
Our thoughts are with his friends and family.
To donate to The Ted Senior Foundation, you can visit its Go Fund Me page.
If you need help or support, you can contact the Samaritans for free from any telephone on 116 123. Don’t suffer in silence.
Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.