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Mick Ferris tragically died today when a window pane fell from a 27-storey apartment block and landed on top of him

Mick Ferris tragically died today when a window pane fell from a 27-storey apartment block and landed on top of him

These are the first pictures to emerge of the coach driver killed today by a window pane that plunged 250ft from a luxury riverside penthouse and crushed him.

Mick Ferris was passing the 27-storey Corniche tower in Vauxhall, south-west London, when the glass fell from the top of the building.

The 53-year-old had reportedly stopped to use the toilet in the Riverbank Plaza Hotel next door and was returning to his vehicle when the pane dislodged.

A shocked colleague from Clarkes of London coaches, for whom Mr Ferris worked, told MailOnline: 'He was a lovely guy, really warm and friendly. I can't really say any more than that.'  

Builder Jermaine Dawes, who was working nearby, told The Sun Online that a cleaner may have opened a window in Corniche tower too forcefully, causing it to fall.

'I came back from lunch and I saw glass everywhere,' he said.

'Police were all over the road, he wasn't moving, it was such a mess.

'People are saying that a cleaner was too forceful with the window and that's why it fell.'

Another witness, who asked not to be named, said: 'He came out of the Riverbank Plaza Hotel and he was hit - he had been using the toilet. It is a big shock, nobody expects this to happen, especially round here.'

A distraught colleague of grandfather Mr Ferris said the avid West Ham fan's death was 'devastating' and happened just a week before he was due to go on holiday with wife Rachel. 

‘It’s unbelievably bad luck for that to happen but Mick was a popular bloke and all of us are devastated,' he said, adding that the coach driver was originally from East London but had since moved to Medway, Kent. 

‘This morning, he’d gone to the cafe under the arches with a colleague and I think he was heading back to the coach when he was hit by a window pane that had come loose from a penthouse in The Corniche building,' he added. ‘It was pretty instantaneous from what I’ve been told. He wouldn’t have known anything about it.

‘His colleague who witnessed it is absolutely beside himself, as you’d expect, and won’t be working for a while. We want to know how something like this could happen in an apartment building worth several million pounds.

‘Mick was due to go on holiday next week to The Maldives with his wife Rachel and some friends. It's so tragic, my heart goes out to his family.’  

A spokesman for the coach firm said: 'This is a tragic incident and our thoughts are with the victim's family. It is not appropriate for us to comment any further while the police investigate this tragedy and speak to the next of kin.'

A photograph taken from inside the Corniche building shows shattered glass scattered across the pavement

A photograph taken from inside the Corniche building shows shattered glass scattered across the pavement

Pictures of the building show a missing pane of glass on the top floor. Ringed at the bottom is where the victim died

Pictures of the building show a missing pane of glass on the top floor

Pictures of the building show a missing pane of glass on the top floor. Ringed at the bottom (left) is where the victim died

Police are pictured inside the apartment from which a pane of glass plummeted, killing the coach driver in Vauxhall, south-west London 

Police are pictured inside the apartment from which a pane of glass plummeted, killing the coach driver in Vauxhall, south-west London 

Avid West Ham fan Mr Ferris (pictured, behind the wheel) was crushed by a pane of glass that plummeted 250 ft in Vauxhall, south-west London this morning

Avid West Ham fan Mr Ferris (pictured) was crushed by a pane of glass that plummeted 250 ft in Vauxhall, south-west London this morning

Avid West Ham fan Mr Ferris (pictured, left, behind the wheel and, right) was crushed by a pane of glass that plummeted 250 ft in Vauxhall, south-west London this morning

The window is thought to have fallen from a penthouse suite similar to that pictured in this artist's impression of the building

The window is thought to have fallen from a penthouse suite similar to that pictured in this artist's impression of the building

The window fell from the top floor of the building. Police have set up a cordon on the usually busy street next to the Thames

The window fell from the top floor of the building. Police have set up a cordon on the usually busy street next to the Thames

Mick Ferris (believed to be pictured driving a coach in this image from his Twitter profile) died today while he was returning to his vehicle after using the toilet next door to the tower 

Mick Ferris (believed to be pictured driving a coach in this image from his Twitter profile) died today while he was returning to his vehicle after using the toilet next door to the tower 

Police and the Health and Safety Executive are investigating how the window ended up falling from the top of the

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