Hundreds of tributes have been paid to 18-year-old British Cypriot George Zographou after he died in hospital after contracting meningitis.
A Bristol student who died after contracting meningitis was a star student and had done well in his A levels.
George Zographou – better known as Zoggy to his close friends – died on Wednesday, August 16, after falling ill at the Boardmasters Festival in Newquay last Saturday.
The pupil at St Brendan’s Sixth Form College had been due to collect his A level results on Thursday with his close friends and family.
But tragedy struck on the weekend and he fell into a coma and was brought to Royal Cornwall Hospital.
He died around 1.40pm on Wednesday. Instead of huge celebrations, there was a sombre mood at St Brendan’s today as his close friends collected their results.
Instead of huge celebrations, there was a sombre mood at St Brendan’s today as his close friends collected their results.
Michael Jaffrain, principal of the college, said his staff had been left in tears at the news and called it a day of ”great achievement and sadness”.
He added: ”George would have done really well in his A level results, and he had done really well in his GCSEs.
”We briefed the staff first thing in the morning about the situation and we had extra members of staff on hand to provide support to the pupils.
”There were also three members of Public Health England in a room in case there were any questions from parents, pupils and staff who were trying to understand what happened.
”Many of hi Mr Jaffrain paid tribute to the talented young man, who was also a brilliant striker for local teams in Bristol.
”He was very academic – popular and clever – and in terms of his studies he was very interactive in class.
”We had teachers in tears today when they heard about it. We rang the teachers that taught him over the last few years to update them about the situation.
”He was a popular pupil among his peers and teachers, and really nice and just a really good boy.
”George would have done well today.”His friends signed a book of condolences.”
His friends signed a book of condolences.”
They wrote: ”Very sad news.
”On the eve of A Level results day, we are very sad to hear the shocking news of the death of a former student.
”George Zographou was a much admired student, a talented sportsman and academic and a good friend to many. He left Colston’s after achieving a great set of GCSE grades and then attended St Brendan’s.
He left Colston’s after achieving a great set of GCSE grades and then attended St Brendan’s.
”He was taken ill earlier this week with meningitis and passed away today.
”Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this difficult time.”
Here at London Greek Radio, our thoughts are with George’s family at this time.