NIGHTCLUB bosses have spoken for the first time about the death of a Huddersfield reveller at the weekend.
The owners of The Studio at The Mill in Bradford offered “sincere and heartfelt condolences” to 19-year-old Andrew Hook’s family.
Mr Hook, of Almondbury, died from a suspected drugs overdose after becoming ill at the club early on Sunday.
An inquest opened yesterday into the death of the young man who collapsed after visiting the club on Thornton Road, Listerhills.
An ambulance took Mr Hook, of Highlands Avenue, to hospital from outside the all-night club.
He died a few hours later from a suspected drugs overdose.
After hearing evidence of identification Coroner Roger Whittaker adjourned the inquest for further inquiries to be made.
In a statement the club said: “We would like to pass on our sincere and heartfelt condolences to the friends and family of the deceased.”
Three people – one from Huddersfield – have been arrested in connection with Mr Hook’s death.
All three are out on police bail.
Two other men, a 19-year-old from Berry Brow and an 18-year-old from Shipley, were also taken to hospital, allegedly suffering adverse reactions to drugs.
They have since been discharged.
The club’s statement said Mr Hook was taken ill about 80 yards from the club.
It added: “He had earlier attended The Studio and had left to go outside with friends due to feeling unwell.
“This weekend was the first event held at The Studio since the introduction of the smoking ban.
“As a result of this a number of people had congregated outside, on nearby Preston Street. This meant that our staff were not immediately aware of his condition.”
Club staff attended to him and used his mobile phone to tell his family he was on the way to hospital.
The statement said the owners regularly liaised with the police, fire services and other authorities to ensure people were legal and safe.
It added: “We have held events at The Studio for more than five years and we have an excellent record of care for our customers.
“Our door staff are all fully licensed and trained and customers are regularly searched on entry to our premises.”
The people arrested were not connected to the premises, the statement said.