A talented medical student was found dead in woodland near his Monmouthshire home after a prank by his friends backfired. Edward Senior, 22, is said to have messaged a group of his university friends after a brief relationship with an attractive girl, telling them about the encounter. The girl was also a student at Swansea University so his friends from the rugby team thought it would be funny to share a screenshot of the message online to all of their mutual friends as a joke. Edward, known as Ted, was left embarrassed and worried about his future at the medical school and ending his dream of becoming a doctor. He was so upset by the prank he returned to his family home 60 miles away and was later found hanged in nearby woodland.
The situation surrounding his death is still unclear, and police are expected to interview his university friends in an attempt to get at the truth of what might have happened. One friend from the Swansea University Medicals team said: "There’s a lot of false rumours being flying around. It is heartbreaking for us all." Ted is understood to have been a popular student, described as a ‘blonde-haired charmer’ and an active player for the football and cricket team as well as the rugby team, which was where his biggest passion lay. His brother paid tribute to him this week, saying: "Ted achieved a huge amount in such a small space of time. He was a talented rugby player and had a great passion for all sports. He got into medical school after years of hard work and sacrifice. Ted tragically took his own life. In the 22 years he lived, he had an unbelievable impact on so many people’s lives. He had a rare ability to light up any room with his wide smile, mop of blonde hair and special charm. Ted was a friend to everyone and always did his upmost to help people in need. He embodied all the right values on how to live, and will undoubtedly leave a life-long legacy in everyone’s hearts."
Ted was from Raglan, in Monmouthshire, and was head boy at his high school of Monmouth Comprehensive School for Boy – where he was a close friend of Wales rugby star Hallam Amos. He then went on to study medicine to fulfil his dream of becoming a doctor. The Senior family have now set up a foundation in his name to help other young people struggling with suicidal thoughts, the GoFundMe page reads: "In honour of Ted, it is the family’s wish to set up a foundation in his name. This will be an organic process with funds raised being invested in projects and forums aimed at preventing a reccurence of a similar tragedy." The Ted Senior Foundation fund has already raised almost £15,000 – triple its original target. Swansea University declined to comment if Ted had been suspended in the days leading up to his tragic death. An inquest was opened by the Gwent Coroner and adjourned while police inquiries continue.