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A 12-year-old boy who was tragically killed in a bouncy castle accident has been given the video game-themed sendoff his friends and family believe he would have wanted.
Zane Mellor died along with five of his classmates in a freak accident last week, when a gust of wind blew the bouncy castle they were playing in 10 metres into the air during end-of-term celebrations at Devonport's Hillcrest Primary School.
Friends and relatives gathered in their hundreds at Mersey Gardens Chapel earlier this week to say goodbye to Zane, who was described by family as an "adventurous" boy who loved video games and dinosaurs.
His coffin was adorned with PlayStation 4 controllers - his favourite console. A large picture of one of his favourite games, Red Dead Redemption 2, was draped over the coffin and surrounded by flowers.
"My baby, where do I start?" Zane's mother Georgie Gardam said in tribute to her boy. "I was so young when I had you, only 15, and now I know why. You grew up with me, you held my hand.. you were my man of the house always, my protector, my strength, my gamer.
"I spoilt you rotten - Hawaiian pizza, McDonalds... some of your favourites. Everyone told me to get you off that PlayStation but I let you play until your heart was content and your eyes got sleepy. I love you Zaney. No matter what the weather, we're together."
News of Zane's funeral reached the Red Dead Redemption subreddit, where fellow fans of the Western paid their own tributes to the young gamer.
"Rest in peace Zane hope he's wrangling up them O'Driscolls up in heaven," wrote one user.
"Rest in peace Zane and the five others that died in this accident," another added. "Words can't describe how hard it must be for the families and people involved. Just heartbreaking."
GAMINGbible extends its sincerest condolences to the the friends and family of all six children who lost their lives in the horrific accident.
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