ESF teacher, 31, dies after collapsing

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 23 August, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 23 August, 2011, 12:00am

An ESF chemistry teacher, Samuel Rodda, 31, died on Sunday after being found unconscious at his Hung Hom apartment block.

Neighbours reported hearing the teacher from King George V School banging on flat doors in the early hours of the morning and called security, according to police.

A security guard found Rodda lying unconscious in the 21st floor lift lobby of Laguna Verde, tower five, at 4.22am.

'He was murmuring when the security guard arrived to check,' a police officer said. 'He then developed cramps and passed out before paramedics arrived.'

Rodda was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital and pronounced dead at 5.32am.

Police found suspected illegal drugs on Rodda and in his apartment, but could not confirm the cause of death. However, they said no one else was involved and an investigation was under way.

Rodda came to Hong Kong from England in 2006 and was described by ESF chief executive Heather Du Quesnay as a 'respected teacher and colleague'. 'We are deeply saddened by the news,' she said.

As the news spread in the international school community yesterday, more than 600 current and former KGV School students joined a Facebook page titled 'RIP Mr Rodda'.

On a separate page created in his memory, one student posted: 'You made house assemblies bearable. Made everyone laugh. We were always predicting what colour shirt you would be wearing. You were a teacher, a mentor and a friend.'

Another student told the Post: 'You would see him as a friend, but respect him as a teacher.'



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