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Sick trolls target family of man who died after getting stuck in water slide

staronline@reachplc.com (Emma Parker)

Trolls have targeted the family of a man who died after he became trapped in a water slide.

The devastated family of Ryan Kelly have been taunted by social media users who have cruelly joked about the 31-year-old’s death.

Ryan is believed to have broken into outdoor Eldorado Aquatic and Fitness Centre in Scottsdale, Arizona, in the US, by climbing over a security fence.

He spent some time swimming in a pool, police in the US city have said, before he became trapped inside the slide.

Police said Mr Kelly was found inside a hollow steel tube, which was part of the support structure which held the slide up.

Police said Mr Kelly was found inside a hollow steel tube

At around 12.20am on August 17, Mr Kelly’s muffled cries were heard by a police officer who was on patrol in the area.

He was unable to immediately locate Ryan as the tube projected his voice like a megaphone, Sgt Brian Reynolds told NBC News.

Sgt Reynolds said: “It wasn’t an easy feat.

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“The pipe is the centre support for the super structure, holding that circular slide, so he had to climb up and it took some work to get down in there.”

He added: “This made it difficult at first to pinpoint his location.”

Mr Kelly’s sister, Dayne Adams, told Mirror Online grieving family members had been “hit hard” by the comments.

She said of her father Steve: “He’s not happy about what everyone has been saying.”

Her dad even hit back at one troll on Facebook and said their comments were a “pretty cold” thing to say “about someone who died.”

Grieving family members have been “hit hard” by comments from trolls

Emily Erickson, who set up a GoFundMe page to pay for Mr Kelly’s funeral, wrote: “My childhood family friend, Ryan Kelly, passed away recently.

“I created this account to help their family who has gone through so much already, help pay for expenses.

“At the age of 31, Ryan left this world but will never leave our hearts.

“He was sweet, kind and full of life.

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“Please help this wonderful family by lessening the burden.”

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