There is no better way to describe this death than “the foolishness of youth”.

And those were the exact words with which an assistant coroner described it.

Jordan Easton thought his new vest was knife-proof, and he wanted to show off.

He grabbed a knife and tried to demonstrate that the blade wouldn't pierce his vest - but the blade went through, and he stabbed himself in the chest.

The tragic incident happened in a friend's kitchen in Thornaby-on-Tees, North Yorkshire.

He died at the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton following the incident on August 23, 2017.

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A police investigation was launched, but no further action was taken.

Detective Superintendent Ted Butcher, from Cleveland Police’s major investigation team, confirmed various witnesses and Jordan’s family had been spoken to.

He agreed with the coroner’s assertion that “while Jordan may have had his issues in the past, he seemed to have settled down”.

DSI Butcher confirmed that all the witnesses gave consistent accounts about what happened – subsequently borne out by toxicology and other reports.

Mr Easton had died after “a boisterous act”, added DSI Butcher.

Jordan had just celebrated his 22nd birthday five days before his death.

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