Ellis Murphy-Richards Biography — Wiki
Ellis Murphy-Richards was a TikTok addict who died after falling from a railway bridge and now his mother has blamed TikTok for her son’s death. Murphy-Richards died in West Minster, Sheppey in Kent, just a week before his 16th birthday.
His mother Natasha Murphy, 33, asked coroner Sonia Hayes at Maidstone’s Archbishop Palace if TikTok could be made an interested party in the case because she thought harmful content her son viewed on the video-sharing app had caused suicidal thoughts.
Ellis Murphy-Richards Age
Ellis Murphy-Richards was 15 years old at the time of death.
Ellis Murphy-Richards fell to his death from a railway bridge
An interested person – or party in this case – is someone who has the right to participate in proceedings because of their relationship to the deceased, their involvement in the circumstances of their death, or at the discretion of the coroner.
What happened to Ellis Murphy-Richards?
At 4.30 pm on September 30 last year, Ellis fell from Sheppey railway bridge as a train passed carrying schoolchildren from Sittingbourne, Kent, back to Sheerness. Power to the track had to be cut for emergency services and passengers were kept on board for two hours until the train could be moved.
A pre-inquest review heard how Ellis, who was a former pupil at Highsted Grammar in Sittingbourne and Oasis Academy on Sheppey, had been involved in a disagreement with staff at a pre-booked session with the Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) at Seashells in Sheerness about going to A&E.
Murphy-Richards walked out of the session after refusing to go to the hospital and headed to the railway tracks. The night before his grandmother had found him in distress.
What Ellis Murphy-Richards mother says
Ms. Hayes declined the request to make TikTok an interested party for the full inquest after Ellis’ mother blamed its ‘algorithm and content’ for her son’s death. Speaking after the hearing she revealed she had been given permission by the Swale council to fix a plaque in Ellis’s memory to the bridge.
She added: ‘I have also asked Network Rail for a cage above the bridge for the safety of others.’
The pre-inquest review heard how Ellis, who was living with his grandmother in Faversham at the time, had a history of mental health problems.
Following his death, the teenager’s mum paid tribute to her son. She said: ‘We are all devastated. Ellis was very articulate and musical. He had learned to play the nose-flute, had taken violin lessons, and had his own guitar. He had learned British Sign Language so he could sign along to pop songs.’
Ms. Murphy also revealed a mysterious person who tried to talk to her son down from the bridge before he died and thanked them for their efforts.
What we know so far about Ellis Murphy-Richards
Flowers and a 16th birthday balloon were left at the footbridge alongside a penned tribute from Ellis Murphy-Richards’ mother, which said: ‘I know how much you wanted to celebrate this birthday.
‘Not how it was supposed to be. Maybe I didn’t say it enough but I was always proud of you. I just wanted you to be happy. Whichever path you took I would always have been there for you.’
His heartbroken grandparents wrote: ‘Cannot believe we will never again see your handsome face and hear your beautiful laughter.
‘Never again can we hold you close or see your smile. Our hearts are forever broken but no longer will you feel pain. Soar high with the angels.’
Ria Messenger, a support worker at the Faversham Youth Centre where Ellis was a member, said: ‘He was funny, danced quite a lot and sang very well. He was active on TikTok and liked to tell everybody.
‘He had a good group of friends who always looked out for him. Everyone was absolutely devastated – it came out of nowhere. We wish that we could have done more to support him but with mental health, it’s such a difficult subject.’
A two-day inquest is scheduled for May 24 and 25.
A spokesman for TikTok added: ‘We are deeply saddened to learn of this tragedy and our sympathies go out to Ellis’ family.