TV tal­ent killed by pheas­ant


A FOR­MER tal­ent show win­ner was killed af­ter he was hit by a fly­ing PHEAS­ANT while he rode his mo­tor­bike.

Drum­mer Matthew John­son, 32, died in a freak road crash af­ter the pheas­ant shot out of a hedgerow and flew straight into his head.

An in­quest into his death heard that the bird had hit Matthew with such force that his hel­met’s vi­sor was found em­bed­ded in the bird.

Matthew, who worked teach­ing young of­fend­ers at a col­lege, was sent fly­ing be­fore his bike landed on top of him in the hor­ror smash last De­cem­ber.

The star, from Stokeon-Trent, Staffs, had a hit sin­gle in the late 90s af­ter his band, Marlo, were crowned win­ners of the orig­i­nal re­al­ity TV tal­ent show, BBC’s Get Your Act To­gether, hosted by Ronan Keat­ing.

A coro­ner ruled that Matthew’s death was a “tragic ac­ci­dent”af­ter an in­quest at Can­nock Coro­ner’s Court.

After­wards, his mum, Stephanie, 60, said: “Matthew was a won­der­ful man, six months on, we are still in shock over his death.”

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