Newham College pays tribute to 'popular' student who drowned

PUBLISHED: 11:27 07 March 2017 | UPDATED: 11:48 07 March 2017

Daniel Olatunji drowned in the US (pic:

Daniel Olatunji drowned in the US (pic:


Staff at Newham College have paid tribute to "popular" student Daniel Olatunji who drowned while on holiday in America.

Daniel, whose funeral takes place today, was in his third year of studying a business course at Newham College when he lost his life.

The 18-year-old died in intensive care in December after being pulled from a Los Angeles hotel pool.

Di Gowland, principal and CEO of Newham College, said: “This was a tragic accident that happened to a young man whilst on holiday.

“Daniel was an excellent student, popular with both his peers and staff. Our heartfelt sympathies are with his family and friends.”

The 18-year-old teenager was said to have been on a trip of the US with his mother, 54, who lives in Silvertown, Newham.

Following Daniel’s death, an online fundraising page was set up, raising £14,000 in order to bring his body home.

An inquest into Daniel’s death will be held on a date to be fixed at East London Coroners’ Court.

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