Pastor’s tribute to veteran who died after drinking soft drink

TRIBUTES Joromie Lewis died after drinking a cocaine-laced pear drink
TRIBUTES Joromie Lewis died after drinking a cocaine-laced pear drink
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A CHURCH leader has paid tribute to father-of-one Joromie Lewis, who died after drinking a pear drink laced with cocaine.

Pastor David Price, Bridgemary Family Church, where Mr Lewis worshipped with his family, said his death was ‘devastating.’

Mr Lewis, a Royal Navy veteran, of Kings Road, Gosport, ingested a small amount of liquid in the belief he was drinking a genuine pear drink.

He died just hours later in Southampton General Hospital.

Pastor Price, who was called to the hospital on December 5 by Mr Lewis’s wife Jayrusha, said: ‘It’s devastated us all. He was a lovely man, very friendly man.

‘He very much thought of others, helped others wherever he could.

‘People are devastated, it’s like a bolt out of the blue.

‘He was tall, fit and now he’s gone.’

As reported, Hampshire police have established that the bottle of Cole Cold Pear D fruit drink was manufactured in the Caribbean, and the company did not export the drink to the UK.

The Food Standards Agency yesterday issued an alert to all local authorities to contact retailers to withdraw Pear D if it is found.

Call police on 101 with any information.