Mystery death of teenager

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POLICE are investigating the mystery death of a teenager who died just two days before his 18th birthday.

Police say inquiries are continuing into how Ryan Quinn, from Washington, died at a house in Gateshead.

Although it is not being treated as suspicious, a post-mortem examination also failed to reveal the cause.

Paramedics were called to a property in Shipcote Terrace, at 10.18pm, on Friday.

They were unable to save Ryan, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

A Northumbria Police spokeswoman said: “We received a report from the ambulance service of concern for a male inside an address.

“Officers attended, and a 17-year-old boy was pronounced dead at the scene.

“A report is being prepared for the coroner.”

Friends paid tribute on social networking sites, including Facebook and Twitter.

Amber McCann said: “Can’t get it out my head. Just wish it wasn’t true.

“Quinny, I’m so proud to say I was actually close to you, to say I knew you well before you passed away, because you seriously were a lovely lad.

“I wouldn’t change anything about you.”

Gateshead Coroner’s Office said a post-mortem examination had failed to find the cause of death.