AN INQUEST has been opened and adjourned into the death of a Sheffield teenager found hanged at home.
Ritchie Allsop, of School Road, Chapeltown, was found unconscious in the maisonette he shared with his mum and siblings last Friday.
Efforts to revive the 13-year-old failed.
Police officers investigating the teen’s death are not treating it as suspicious and his mum Lisa Brown, 39, described it as a ‘freak accident’.
Speculation is rife the youngster may have taken his own life because of bullying, but Lisa has been quick to refute the allegations on Facebook.
Another message posted by Alex Cheetham also tries to quash the rumours.
His post says: “Just to get this clear, Ritchie did not get bullied, it’s just rumours.
“All his family are finding it disrespectful people are continuing to say this. The reason he did it is unknown but people are looking into it.
“Ritchie was a confident boy. If he was being bullied he would have said so.”
Enquiries are being carried out on behalf of the coroner ahead of a full inquest where all the circumstances will be examined.
Facebook sites set up in memory of the popular Ecclesfield School pupil have been swamped with messages of condolence and shock at his death.
His former babysitter Melissa Ellis said: “RIP mate - my thoughts are with your family.
“A young lad’s life gone too soon. You were a nice lad, I remember babysitting when you were little. So sad to hear this. You are going to be the brightest star up there.”
Leonah Leigh’s message says: “RIP Ritchie you will be missed by lots. No-one deserves this.”
Penny Benetar said: “So so sad, a waste of a handsome, obviously popular young boy. So much to live for.”
And Lauren Firth has written: “Shame no-one’s ever going to see that smile again.”