Irish singer Timmy Matley died after ‘drug-related’ balcony fall

The Overtones performer had taken crystal meth before fatal incident, coroner says

File image of Overtones singer Timmy Matley. File photograph:  Stefan Hoederath/Getty Images

File image of Overtones singer Timmy Matley. File photograph: Stefan Hoederath/Getty Images

 

A singer from the band The Overtones died after taking crystal meth and falling from a 13th-floor balcony, a coroner in Britain has concluded.

Irish man Timmy Matley (36) arrived at the apartment of a friend in east London while under the influence of the drug and was later locked out on the balcony.

Whilst trying to climb down from the balcony he fell to his death.

The coroner’s conclusion, which was issued after Wednesday’s inquest at Poplar Coroner’s Court, was that his death was a “drug-related accident” in which he died from “multiple traumatic injuries”.

It said: “When Timmy Matley fell from a 13th-floor balcony having arrived, intoxicated with crystal meth, at the home of a friend and then having been locked out on the balcony, he tried to climb down and fell at approximately 10.35am on Monday April 9th, 2018.”

A statement from the band issued after the hearing said: “We will not be making any comment other than to say that Timmy, our funny, talented, beautiful friend, bandmate and brother, was dearly loved and he is deeply missed.”

Matley, who was born in Cork and lived in London, had been diagnosed with a form of skin cancer in 2016.

Previously a group of painters and decorators, The Overtones — who specialise in doo-wop performances — found fame in 2010 when they were discovered by a talent scout as they worked at an office near London’s Oxford Street.

The group, which also comprised Lachie Chapman, Mike Crawshaw, Mark Franks and Darren Everest, has had four albums in the UK top 10.

The band will release a self-titled album later this month which will include vocals from the late singer. – PA