Friend pays tribute to Portsmouth DJ found dead in woodland

Matt Berry (right) with Chris Vaux
Matt Berry (right) with Chris Vaux
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DESPITE hearing about the death of his close friend, Chris Vaux carried on DJing to pay tribute to a ‘one in a million’ man.

Matt Berry, from Victoria Road South, in Southsea, was found by police officers in woods near Hambledon on Friday night.

But Chris, who had known Matt for more than 10 years wanted to honour his friend’s memory and decided to carry on with his DJ set on Saturday night.

The pair met in 2002 when Matt was the judge of a DJ competition in which Chris was a contestant.

Since then, they became close friends and Chris said that everything good that’s happened in his life is because of Matt.

The 33-year-old from Fratton said: ‘Matt was one in a million.

‘It’s because of him that so much good has happened in my life.

‘I met my wife through him and we now have a child together.

‘We were so close and Matt was the sort of person who always put others first.

‘We DJed quite a lot together and he was meant to be with me at The Astoria, on Saturday.

‘The last text that I got from Matt was him saying how much he was looking forward to it.

‘The only way I could have made a tribute to him was by carrying on.’

Matt, 34, went missing on Wednesday and police launched an appeal to find him.

At about 11.45pm on Friday, they found his car in woods.

Chris added: ‘Matt was happy. He had his troubles like everyone else but you could always confide in him.

‘I was one of the few people who saw both sides of him but we listened to each other.

‘Matt was a great listener and I have confided in him the biggest secrets of my life. He was someone that I could tell anything to.

‘We saw each other all the time and we were close.

‘If there was one man love of my life, it would be Matt.

‘All his friends were so important to him and he would do anything for them.

‘He was that sort of person.

‘Matt was the life and soul of any party and was a great laugh to be around.

‘The most fitting tribute I can make to Matt is to make the most out of my life and try to be positive.

‘That would have been the Matt way.’

Matt DJed in Drift Bar, in Southsea, in 2012 and also travelled up to London to take part in different shows.

Most recently, he worked at The Astoria, in Guildhall Walk.

Co-owner Luke Betts said: ‘He was a lovely person who will be missed.’