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Jay Rayner on dealing with death and smoking dope

Posted On: 19 May 2020   |   Posted By: The Big Issue

Food writer Jay Rayner was just 16 when his closet friend was killed - but what happened in the aftermath has stayed with him for life.
Now 53, the star described how the accidental death of his friend David was “a terrible loss” as he spoke to The Big Issue for our weekly Letter to my Younger Self feature.
Recalling the sad day in the Eighties, Rayner told Jane Graham : “They went on a mountaineering trip to Snowdonia and I was woken on the Saturday morning by my mum knocking on the door saying there's been an accident involving kids from David's school.
“She went to call the emergency number, and they told her David had been killed, and she told me. I burst into tears. It was absolutely shocking.”
The Observer columnist went on to reveal how his friend's Jewish funeral - and the subsequent grieving process - had impacts for the rest of his life.
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