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Death leap pair 'loving parents'


Tributes to suicide leap family

Friends have been paying tribute to the love and dedication of a couple who leapt to their deaths carrying their quadriplegic son's body in a rucksack.

Sam Puttick, five, died from meningitis at his Wiltshire home two days before his parents Kazumi and Neil Puttick jumped from Beachy Head, East Sussex.

Family friend Hugh Huddy said they had been "amazingly positive" loving parents.

Nearly 800 people have added tributes on a website set up for Sam.

Mr Huddy said he had made arrangements to visit them on Saturday but he was told by Mr Puttick to cancel his trip.

He told the Today programme on BBC Radio 4 that they were an "amazing family".

'Complete shock'

Everyone who knew them was devastated by the news, but the response to the website had been "incredible", he said.

The site, stuff4sam, was set up while Sam was alive to raise money for special equipment for him.

Rest in peace little Sam, now your parents have joined you in Heaven
stuff4sam website contributor

"They were happy, amazingly positive and most loving parents," he said. "This has come as a complete shock."

One contributor to the website wrote: "So, so sad to see wonderful people go like this. I can't begin to imagine the pain."

Another wrote: "Rest in peace little Sam, now your parents have joined you in heaven."

Mr Puttick, 34, and his 44-year-old wife lived with Sam at Wishing Well Farm in Brokerswood in Westbury.

Their son, who was paralysed from the neck down in a car crash in July 2005, had been receiving treatment for pneumococcal meningitis at the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children.

He was discharged on Friday when it became clear he would not recover and died that day at his home in Westbury, Wiltshire.

Coastguards on routine patrol first spotted what they thought were two bodies 400ft (120m) down the cliff face on Sunday evening.

Rescuers were not able to get to the bodies until Monday when they discovered Sam in a rucksack with those of his parents.

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