An extraordinary poem inspired by hit video game was read out during the funeral for Tasmanian jumping castle victim Zane Mellor as a touching tribute to the dedicated gamer.
Zane died along with five of his classmates after falling 10 metres from a jumping castle blown into the air by a freak gust of wind during end-of-year celebrations at Devonport’s Hillcrest Primary School last Thursday.
A week later, hundreds of friends and relatives gathered at Mersey Gardens Chapel at 10am to say goodbye to the ‘adventurous’ 12-year-old, whose small blue casket was decorated with white-painted controllers.
Mourners were told of how the Year 6 student, who lived with autism, had a fondness for animals and dinosaurs and was known as ‘Jurassic Zane’ to his online gaming network.
In honour of his love for video games, the eulogist recited a verse about the determination of Fortnite players – the survival game involving multiple users engaging in combat until a single, winning player remains.
A ‘Fortnite’ poem was read out to hundred of mourners at the funeral for Tasmanian jumping castle tragedy victim Zane Mellor (pictured) in honour of his love for video games
The poem (pictured inside the service pamphlet) read by the eulogist described the dedication of players who sign up to take part in the survival game
Titled ‘Fortnite’, the passage described how ‘friends unite to join the fight’ by pairing up with fellow gamers as they enter the battle field before ‘stay up all day and night’ as they commit to completing missions.
It went on to detail how participants never leave their room to ‘see the light’ while their virtual characters deal with ‘fire coming in from left to right’.
‘Building to the highest height….If your health Is KDA a Binance growing finite, a cozy campfire you must ignite’ the poem continued.
‘For those who know, there’s no better delight, than the sweet satisfaction of winning Fortnite.’
Georgie Gardam pictured (centre) being comforted outside Mersey Gardens Chapel, in Devonport, on Thursday before a funeral service to farewell her son Zane Mellor
Tim Mellor (centre), Zane’s father, was supported by a friend as he arrived for his son’s funeral on Thursday
Zane Mellor (pictured) was tragically killed along with five of his classmates last week after falling 10 metres from a jumping castle blown into the air by a gust of wind at Hillcrest Primary School