Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Keep Flying

I was saddened this morning to read the news that my friend Andrew Embiricos (1985 – 2011) had committed suicide.

Andrew Embiricos

Andrew, the grandson of Rita Heyworth, was witty and positive and planning a trip to London in the coming weeks. That he decided to end his life is puzzling to say the least and it is just dreadful to think that no one saw the signs that he felt compelled to take this way out.

Passionate about flying and aircraft, Andrew’s Facebook page always provided witty updates about his globetrotting ways and the posts there often detailed amusing street signs and mocking remarks about “scallies” and ASBOs. His humour was dry and his manner always amusing and this indeed makes his passing all the more tragic.

Rest in peace Andrew: you were one of a kind and now you’re in the first class lounge in the skies watching over us.


Anonymous said...

May dear Andrew rest in peace.

Anonymous said...

A truly tragic end to a truly wonderful life.

Jacques said...

How does one say thank you to YOU for coming into my life and changing my outlook completely ! You leave such a big gap in my heart - I feel so lost right now . I will do my best to keep your name "flying" high in the industry . I fell very hard for you and can't wait to see you in heaven where we once before were "strangers in the night" will "play amongst the stars" . I love you with all my heart for ever and more xxx

Mark said...

Andrew made so many people happy. I only wish we had made sure he was happier. The lesson from this is that we must all call our friends more often and check on their welfare. Love to one and all.

David Swift said...

I didn't know this young man but Matthew, I did think your tribute was most appropriate. Thank you for sharing this.

Henry said...

This was equally touching:

"Remembering Andrew Embiricos
New York City : NY : USA | Dec 08, 2011 at 8:04 PM PST
By Sherrill Fulghum

It was standing room only in the Chapel at the Frank E Campbell Funeral Home in Manhattan as friends and family said good bye to Andrew Embiricos Thursday morning. An estimated 1,500 people gathered to celebrate the life and love of Andrew who died December 4 in his Chelsea apartment. Andrew’s parents Yasmin Ali Aga Khan and Basil Embiricos greeted and spoke with all who attended the service of their only child..

The service opened with the music of Andrew’s favourite artists – “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston and “Oops, I Did it Again” by Britney Spears. The service was full of stories about Andrew and how he lit up a room and touched the lives of so many people. Musician and friend Brian Kent called Andrew, “a special individual.”

Among the stories told by friends and family members was that only Andrew could get credit in a PE class for driving alongside the runners while smoking a cigarette. The service also included “Wish You Were Here” by Pink Floyd.

Those who attended the service learned something that Andrew had yet to learn…a big promotion was in his near future. Andrew loved airplanes and worked at Virgin Atlantic Airways.

Just a week shy of his birthday on December 11, Andrew Embiricos was found dead in his bed by Aaron Edwards - a close friend. The official cause of death is being listed as a suicide but Andrew’s close friends and family say that is not possible. Andrew had planned a trip to Europe to celebrate his birthday.

Known most often for being the grandson of actress Rita Hayworth, Andrew was much more than that. He supported the fight against Alzheimer’s disease, Hayworth died as a result of complications from Alzheimer’s, he worked with advocacy groups for HIV/AIDS, and created a charity to help provide clothing for homeless people.

Born Andrew Ali Aga Kahn Emribircos on December 11, 1985, Andrew earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Fordham University."

Anonymous said...

He did not commit suicide.

Matthew Steeples said...

Anonymous: Please explain and please, at least, name yourself if you wish to make remarks. I've published your comment but do please justify yourself.