A talented young medical student killed himself after a social media prank went tragically wrong.
Edward Senior, 22, went onto a private message board to tell close friends about a fling with an attractive girl student.
But his friends from the university rugby team ‘shared’ the message with hundreds of university students for a joke.
Edward, known as Ted, feared being expelled from medical school ending his dream of becoming a doctor.
Edward Senior, 22, killed himself after a social media prank went tragically wrong
He returned distraught to his family home where he was found hanged in woodland.
Tributes were paid to the ‘blonde-haired charmer’, who excelled at rugby, cricket and football.
His brother Max said: ‘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.
‘He got into medical school after years of hard work and sacrifice.’
Mr Senior was studying at Swansea Medical School, part of the city’s university, when he left the comment on a website used by his rugby friends.
But the next day it was circulated across the Swansea University campus and seen by the girl student.
His heartbroken brother Max said: ‘Ted tragically took his own life.
‘In the 22 years he lived, he had an unbelievable impact on so many people’s lives.
Mr Senior went onto a private message board to tell close friends about a fling with an attractive girl student
‘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.
‘He embodied all the right values on how to live, and will undoubtedly leave a life-long legacy in everyone’s hearts.’
Mr Senior, of Raglan, Monmouthshire, was head boy at Monmouth Comprehensive School, before pursuing a career in medicine.
A tribute on social media said: ‘He would have made a wonderful and exceptional doctor with his smile and care.’
George Morgan, player-manager of his village soccer team Raglan said: ‘He was such a high-spirited human being with such a lust for life – intelligent, confident and an incredible athlete in both football and rugby.
‘We were lucky enough to have him as part of our team and it was always an in-credible atmosphere when Ted was in the room.
‘For all of us, this news was hard to comprehend with a person so full of courage and spirit taken away from the world.’
Mr Senior’s funeral took place last week in Monmouth with some of his team mates from Swansea Medicals RFC in attendance
Mr Senior was studying at Swansea Medical School, part of the city’s university
Mr Senior’s funeral took place last week in Monmouth with some of his team mates from Swansea Medicals RFC in attendance.
Mr Senior’s family has set up a foundation in his name to help other young people contemplating ending their lives.
A GoFundMe page states: ‘In honour of Ted, it is 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 reccurence of a similar tragedy.’
The Ted Senior Foundation fund was at £11,600 yesterday – more than double its original target.
Swansea University refused to say if Mr Senior had been suspended in the days leading up to his tragic death.
A spokesman said: ‘We were very saddened to hear of the death of Edward Senior, a student at our Medical School.
‘Our thoughts and sympathies are with his family and friends at this time.’
Mr Senior’s parents Paul and Diana, who run a boutique farmhouse B&B in Raglan, Monmouth, were too upset to talk about the tragedy.
An inquest was opened by the Gwent Coroner and adjourned while police inquiries continue into the tragic death on February 12.
People can donate to the foundation here https://www.gofundme.com/ted-foundation
For confidential support in the UK, call the Samaritans on 116123 or visit a local Samaritans branch, see samaritans.org for details.