Tributes have poured in following the “tragic” death of Jack Yates.
An inquest into the death of the 21-year-old who was killed when he plunged from a stairwell at York racecourse has been opened and adjourned.
Jack, of Queensbury, was pronounced dead on Saturday, following an outing with friends.
The incident took place at 5.30pm after Jack – who worked at Keelham Farm Shop in Queensbury - fell from the Knavesmire Stand.
Police described Jack’s death as a “tragic accident”.
It is understood that the university graduate fell down the void between the internal stairwell, rather than from a balcony or down a flight of stairs.
Speaking to the Courier, Jack’s manager Susan Thomas said: “Obviously the whole team has been devastated by the event. Jack was so well liked at Keelham, such a lovely young man and such a bright star. He had a bright future ahead of him.”
Susan added that the farm shop had started a collection for Jack’s family while a Facebook page in his memory had also been set up.
“There’s some absolutely lovely comments on there,” she said.
Meanwhile FC Halifax Town has also been offering its condolences.
A statement on the team’s website reads: “Rest in peace Jack,” after explaining he and his brother Craig were both regulars at the Shaymen’s games.
York Race Course declined to comment on the case saying it was a police investigation.