Investigation launched into death of local musician found unconscious in Hullbridge

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Tributes have been paid to a man who died after being found unconscious in Hullbridge.

Emergency services were called to concerns for the welfare of a man on September 12 in Lower Lane, Hullbridge, at about 5.30am.

Medics arrived and the man was taken to hospital in a life-threatening condition.

The man, now named as Bill Witham, died on Sunday September 25.

Mr Witham, 68, was a well-known musician who played under the stage name Napper Swan and regularly performed in pubs in south Essex.

In a statement, his family said: “After being treated in hospital since September 12, Bill Witham, aka Napper Swan, passed away peacefully on September 25.

“He was a much-loved character with a big heart and an even bigger smile.

“He will be sadly missed by all his friends and family and will forever be in our hearts.”

His funeral arrangements are yet to be confirmed.

An investigation has been launched into the circumstances surrounding Mr Witham’s death and police believe he was assaulted outside a property in Windsor Road, in Rochford, at about 5.20pm on September 6.

A 33-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of GBH. He has been released on bail until October 12.

Anyone who witnessed the incident in Windsor Road, Rochford, or any suspicious behaviour in the area at the time is asked to contact police.

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Alternatively, you can call 101.

Please quote incident 795 of September 13.


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