THE family of Jacob Marx have paid tribute to the young New Zealander who was killed by a falling shop sign in London on Monday.
The 27-year-old was walking along Camden Rd in north London when a large sign fell from a William Hill betting shop.
It took a number of people to lift it off him, and he died later in hospital.
Mr Marx’s brother David said the lawyer was “a wonderful person, a special part of our family, and a much loved friend and partner”.
“Losing him so quickly and so far away is very hard for us to come to terms with. We thank everyone for the love and kind support we’ve received as we try to grapple with what has happened.”
He also thanked those who stepped in to help his brother after the accident.
“It means a lot to us that despite him being so far from home, people did their best to look after him.”
Police, Camden Council and William Hill are investigating what happened.
Mr Marx, originally from Gisborne, arrived in London in September with his girlfriend Natalie Chung as part of a round-the-world trip.
He had been working in the Sydney office of Ellison Rudd Watts, having transferred from Auckland.
Richard Blackburn, the firm’s people and performance director, said everyone was in shock.
“Jacob was a bright young lawyer who worked hard, produced excellent quality work and made lots of friends at our firm. Jacob left on good terms in 2010 to transfer to our Sydney office, he kept in touch, and we expected to see him again.
“Our thoughts are with his parents and his family.”
A minutes silence will be held for Mr Marx at the start of the Waitangi Day Circle Line Pub Crawl on Saturday.