A grieving friend of the 21-year-old Hanworth man who tragically fell to his death from a Heathrow bridge has spoken publicly to insist it was not suicide.
"People assume all kinds of things when they hear someone has died like this," said Clare Orphan, 20. "But Michael was the happiest person, always smiling and messing about. There's absolutely no doubt that he fell."
Michael Joseph, who lived on the Butts Farm Estate, suffered serious head injuries after falling 50ft from the East Ramp, off the A4 Bath Road, on the evening of June 28, and died four days later in Charing Cross hospital.
Ms Orphan, who grew up around the corner from Michael, says everyone who knew him is certain the fall was an accident.
"Mike was just that sort of person," she said. "He was always playing and messing around and all his family and friends know that.
"We can't believe he is really gone. He was the funniest person you'd ever meet.
"He could make us all laugh just with a smile or a few words."
Ms Orphan, who moved from Bedfont to Wales three years ago said Michael, who attended Fairholme and Longford schools, often spoke about his young son Ashley, who lives with his mum in Dubai.
"He was always talking about how much he missed him. He would never leave him like this," she added.
An investigation into the accident is still in progress at Alperton Traffic Garage and witnesses are asked to call them on 020 8998 5319.
His family and friends gathered to pay their respects to the21-year-old, who worked as a barman at the Three Magpies pub, yesterday at the crematorium off Hounslow Road.