DJ who played at Kate Middleton's birthday party found dead from drug overdose
The children of Mick Jagger and his Rolling Stones bandmate Ronnie Wood have been left devastated by the death of a close friend from an Ecstasy overdose.
Club DJ Shawn Francis, 24, was found in a comatose state slumped on the floor of his London home by one of the Wood children this week. As well as the tablets, he had also taken MDMA powder.
Mr Francis knew James Jagger and Tyrone Wood, both 24, well. He is a former resident DJ at Boujis, Prince William and Prince Harry's favourite London club, and was once DJ at Kate Middleton birthday party.
He had downed ten Ecstasy pills and an unknown quantity of the stronger MDMA powder - the psycho-active stimulant in Ecstasy - in an apparent attempt to get 'so out of it he would forget his troubles'.
He had twice been caught with the drug by police in the space of a week.
Mr Francis's lawyer is understood to have advised him that he faced a custodial sentence for breaking a curfew set by magistrates. He was found at his home in Battersea, south-west London.
Friends said that he could not face the prospect of spending time in jail and 'went home and ended up taking most of the rest of the drugs he had stashed away.
Rumours of drug use among the inner circle of some of the Rolling Stones' children have been rife.
Last month a Sunday newspaper published pictures which appeared to show Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall's youngest daughter, Georgia May, sniffing something from a small cellophane package her friend had brought to a London pub where she was celebrating her 18th birthday party.
Sources close to the Jaggers denied any drug use had happened on that occasion.
Mr Francis's mother made the agonising decision to turn off his life support system on Wednesday this week.
Plans are being made for a funeral which will be attended by family and friends from the Jagger and Wood families.
A friend of the Jagger and Wood families said: 'We are all completely devastated. Shawn was a really lovely guy and decided to deal with a pretty awful streak of luck in his own way. It's a tragedy.
'Jamie (James Jagger) is distraught. He has been in floods of tears and cannot believe his friend has been taken from him.
'The whole Wood family are in pieces. He was a dear friend and they cannot believe he's just disappeared.'
A spokesman for the Wood family told the Mail last night: 'He will be missed greatly. He was a great guy. Our condolences go out to his family.'
By RICHARD SIMPSON
Last updated at 8:56 AM on 06th February 2010