British free runner Nye Frankie Newman has died following a “train accident” on the Paris Metro.

The 17-year-old was part of the Brewman parkour group – a sport in which people jump and climb over buildings and obstacles at speed.

Photo: Brewman parkour group, via Facebook.

His social media feeds are filled with images and videos of his stunts around the world, including some of him leaping between buildings in Hong Kong last year.

Luke Stones, who was part of the same group, said in a post on Facebook that his friend was not trying to hitch a ride on the outside of a train when he died.

“He wasn’t train surfing as many of you may assume, many of you may think it’s a joke and we really wish it was, but it isn’t. Nye was one of the members who thought of the idea of a parkour team with his friends and was always the biggest key figure in pushing the team and its athletes,” Stones wrote.

He added that Newman always gave a “positive outlook to any situation” and had “inspired so many people through his enthusiastic lifestyle”.

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Tom Grundy

Tom is the editor-in-chief and co-founder of Hong Kong Free Press. He has a BA in Communications & New Media from Leeds University and an MA in Journalism from the University of Hong Kong. He has contributed to the BBC, Euronews, Quartz, Global Post and others.