A CORONER today warned of the risks of taking MDMA after the tragic death of a teenager praised by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Emre Huseyin collapsed at his home in Sheerness, in the Isle of Sheppey, north Kent, on February 1 this year after taking the drug.
The inquest into his death heard the 15-year-old had previously met the royals as a reward for his volunteering efforts at WE Day at Wembley Arena in March last year.
Coroner Sonia Hayes told the hearing at County Hall in Maidstone, Kent: "This is a tragic life cut short, it is a tragedy for his family."
Ms Hayes said that there was an ongoing court case related to his death, adding: "I'm sure it's something that brings no comfort to his family that there is a prosecution in this case – they only wish to have (Emre) back."
She told the inquest, which was attended by Mr Huseyin's family members, that the teenager died of MDMA toxicity, and recorded his death as drug-related.
She added: "He was naive to this drug but knew what it was and took it.
"Try to understand the terrible consequences of taking substances, when you don't know how much or what you are taking.
"Emre made a bad judgement, it sadly cost him his life."
He was just days away from his 16th birthday when he experimented with MDMA.
'TRAGIC LIFE CUT SHORT'
The teen took the powder with a drink of Fanta at around 10am, a pal said, but refused "crystals" which were also being passed around.
He vomited after coming home and going to his bedroom at 4.30pm, with his sister, Ceren, checking on him.
She told the inquest she called an ambulance for him 40 minutes later as he "appeared worse" and "was speaking through gritted teeth".
Paramedics tried to save him after he stopped breathing but he was pronounced dead.
A post-mortem found he had taken "well in excess" of the potentially fatal level of the Class A drug.
Toxicology showed he had 5,304mg of MDMA per litre of blood when as little as 1,800mg can be fatal.
Emre was among 12,000 students who attended the WE Day UK in March last year at the SSE Arena in Wembley in London hosted by Harry and Meghan.
WE Day UK is a global initiative to encourage young people to take part in positive social change.
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Harry told the young audience: "Your optimism is inspiring – you see opportunities where other people see challenges; you seek solutions when others just focus on problems."
A 17-year-old boy from Sidcup, south east London, was charged with supplying the Class A drug MDMA in connection with Emre's death.
Detective Chief Inspector Michelle Rabey of Kent Police confirmed there had been a subsequent prosecution in relation to the supply of drugs to Emre.
She said: "Emre did know what he was taking and he sought to take this of his own accord with no encouragement".
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