Sister’s heartbreaking tribute to ‘adored’ man who took his life on busy road

The “devastated” sister of a man who died after jumping onto a busy dual carriageway has paid a heart-breaking tribute to her “darling brother”.

John Robert Holden, 30, from Illogan, Cornwall, was pronounced dead on a stretch of the A30 road near Redruth in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Emergency crews responded and closed the road for the rest of the day, CornwallLive reports.

John’s heartbroken sister Chanie said she doesn’t want John to be “a nameless guy who jumped off a bridge” and wants him to remembered as the “adored” man he was.

She said: “I don’t want him to be a nameless guy who jumped off a bridge.

“We have always been a tight-knit family, John and I were like twins growing up. We were only 13 months apart.

“The outpouring of grief since his death has been overwhelming. So many people adored John and it’s been incredible seeing how many lives he’s touched. I want people to know more about who he was as a person.”

Chanie said she is “devastated” and “utterly lost” after her brother’s death.

She added: “He was always there for me, for everyone. He was so generous, kind, and funny. If ever you needed him he was immediately there offering everything he had.

“He touched the lives of so many people, and those who truly knew him adored him.

“He suffered with depression and anxiety for most of his life. He seemed to be getting better in recent months and he seemed happy the night before he died.

“He bought me takeout, told a few jokes and that was it, my darling brother is now gone.

“Please hold those you love close to you, please tell them how much you love them. I am fortunate that I told him I loved him before I went to bed that night.

“I am devastated, and feel utterly lost. My brother, my best friend is gone and my life will never be the same again.”

She told the publication John had a “thirst for knowledge”. He loved music, science and was a major bookworm, she said, adding that he would devour world history and science fiction epics.

Chanie added: “He had a thirst for knowledge and was constantly educating himself about everything that caught his interest. He loved to make people laugh, if you were upset he’d have you laughing within minutes, because it hurt him to see others in pain.

“He loved bees, the beauty of nature and he adored cats. He was a son, a brother, a nephew, a best friend and the type of person the world is now poorer for losing.”

In the hours before his death John posted a photo of himself and a “goodbye” message on Facebook.

The devastated sister hopes her brother’s pain has ended and that he has found a peace he couldn’t in life.