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Tyler Mason: Tragic turn after teenager dies after falling from 35th floor balcony of Meriton Hotel in Parramatta, Sydney

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Tyler Mason, 15, died after falling from the balcony of the Meriton Suites hotel in Parramatta, western Sydney, at around 11.30pm on March 14.

A teenager who died after falling from the 35th floor of a hotel had tragically lost his mother in a car accident just weeks earlier.

Tyler Mason, 15, died after falling from the balcony of the Meriton Suites hotel in Parramatta, western Sydney, at around 11.30pm on March 14.

His death was initially ruled a suicide, but his heartbroken family says the teenager would never have taken his own life.

His mother was traveling in a car with an acquaintance in Queensland in late February when she died in a car accident.

Tyler’s aunt Jo-Ellen Hall, who works as a mental health nurse, told Daily Mail Australia she had been regularly checking on her nephew after his mother’s death.

Tyler’s mother had struggled with drug addiction and he had been placed in foster care throughout his life.

Hall said his nephew had tried to sabotage his foster care placement because he just wanted to be with his mother and “save” her from her battles with addiction.

Tyler Mason, 15, died after falling from the balcony of the Meriton Suites hotel in Parramatta, western Sydney, at around 11.30pm on March 14.

The teenager is pictured with his mother, who died in a car accident in February.

The teenager is pictured with his mother, who died in a car accident in February.

He was reported missing in August of last year. Hall said he was on the run and it is understood he was living with his mother at the time.

At the time of his death, Tyler was under the care of Big Brown House, an organization that helps vulnerable children and families.

“I put on my nurse’s hat and said, ‘We need to talk about mom, how are you feeling?’ and he said, ‘I’m fine, I knew this would happen,'” Mrs Hall said.

“I said, ‘You wouldn’t do anything stupid, would you?’ and Tyler said, ‘Oh no, Aunt Jo, only weak people commit suicide.’

Tyler Mason was celebrating a friend's 16th birthday when he plunged to his death.

Tyler Mason was celebrating a friend’s 16th birthday when he plunged to his death.

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Tyler is seen dancing with a friend at the party the night of her death.

The night of his death, Tyler had been celebrating a friend’s 16th birthday with five other teenagers in the suite.

It is understood Tyler had around three drinks in five hours, but just before 10pm he felt seriously ill, began foaming at the mouth and could not walk or talk properly.

He fell from the balcony at around 11:28 p.m.

Hours earlier, he had filmed himself singing and smiling in the elevator on the way to his hotel room.

He was then seen dancing and singing Without Me by Eminem with a friend.

The police investigation remains ongoing into the incident, which was initially ruled a suicide.

“There’s no way it could have been a suicide,” Mrs. Hall said.

“It is 100 percent clear that this child was not capable of jumping from the balcony.”

Tyler died after falling from the Meriton Suites in Parramatta (above)

Tyler died after falling from the Meriton Suites in Parramatta (above)

Tyler had filmed himself excitedly riding the elevator to his hotel room on March 14.

Tyler had filmed himself excitedly riding the elevator to his hotel room on March 14.

Mrs. Hall learned of Tyler’s death early in the morning after he fell from the balcony.

Since then, she has called police nearly 60 times trying to get answers about her nephew’s death.

‘If it was suicide, I wouldn’t be doing this. “There is no part of me that thinks it was suicide, absolutely none,” she said.

Tyler's aunt says he would never have taken his own life

Tyler’s aunt says he would never have taken his own life

Chronology of the tragedy

The night of his death, Tyler filmed himself riding the elevator to the 35th floor.

‘Do you know where I am? Meriton Suites, boy! he said, looking happy and excited for the night.

Tyler was with five other people in the hotel room. One of them was 18 years old. Minors had to register at reception.

When Tyler began to feel unwell around 10 p.m., a call was made to an adult family friend.

That friend arrived at Meriton but since no one came down from the room to let him in, he left the premises.

As Tyler’s condition progressively worsened throughout the night, he began vomiting, and was stripped naked and put in the shower.

At approximately 11 p.m., Tyler was taken to a couch in the hotel room to lie down.

One of the teenagers in the room allegedly brandished a knife while the group is understood to have argued and shouted loudly at each other.

About half an hour later, Tyler fell from the balcony.

A second call was made to the family friend at around 11:34 p.m., and the adult ran back to the hotel.

Shortly before midnight a call was made to Triple Zero.

Ms Hall believes Tyler may have suffered a drug overdose, although this has not been verified.

She said that, as far as she knew, the other teens in the hotel room have not yet been formally interviewed by police and appear to be “keeping a low profile” since the incident.

The teenager who allegedly brandished the knife fled the scene after Tyler fell as they were subject to a court-ordered curfew, Daily Mail Australia understands.

A report on Tyler's death is being prepared for the coroner.

A report on Tyler’s death is being prepared for the coroner.

In the first weeks after Tyler’s death, his family was trying to come to terms with the fact that he had supposedly taken his own life.

“But after the funeral, things started coming out about why he was naked and why he was foaming at the mouth.” said Mrs. Hall.

“We have videos of him dancing and singing happily.”

Tyler was known to police and had spent time in a juvenile detention center, his aunt said.

Hall claims that after his mother died, the teenager turned his life around and returned to school.

He had a 9pm curfew at Big Brown House, and it is understood the organization called the police when he did not return.

Hall has said she has been calling police almost every day trying to speak to the officer in charge of the investigation, but claims she is repeatedly ignored.

“Like I’m doing this for fun,” he said.

A report will be submitted to the coroner later this month. The coroner will then decide whether an inquest should be held.

New South Wales Police said it does not comment on matters before the coroner and did not answer specific questions related to the case.

The Meriton Hotel said police had been assisted with their investigations but could not comment further.

Big Brown House chief executive Christopher Brown said the organization was supporting the Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) and the police with their investigation.

“As this is an open police investigation, we cannot comment at this time,” he said.

“We can confirm that our staff have followed policies and procedures and our deepest condolences go out to Tyler’s family and friends during this incredibly difficult time.”

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