British TV director plunges 50ft to death from Vietnam hostel balcony

Former Big Brother director died after backpackers' hostel balcony fall

TV director plunges 50ft to death from Vietnam hostel balcony

A British television director has died after plunging 50ft from the balcony of a backpackers' hostel in Vietnam.

Matthew Avis, 33, was celebrating the completion of a 1,400-mile three-moth motorbike tour across Vietnam when he fell to his death in Ho Chi Minh City on Monday.

According to, police said Mr Avis was drinking beer at a hostel in Alley 283 on Pham Ngu Lao Street when he accidentally fell and died on impact.

He had worked as a director on Big Brother, before going freelance as a sports cameraman on different assignments around the world.

Matthew's father, Colin Avis, has paid tribute to his son. According to the Evening Standard, he said: "He was such a nice guy who meant so much to so many people. He was on the trip of a lifetime and having an amazing time."

"He loved travel. He loved the excitement and meeting more people. I'm still numb at the moment."

A host of friends also paid tribute to Mr Avis, nicknamed Mavis, with a former Big Brother colleague writing: "Stunned, can't believe it. A class guy, a quality director and a big loss to the Big Bro family."

Mavis had met his girlfriend Erin in Toronto earlier this year while working on the Canadian version of the show.

His dad added: "We thought he might be getting ready to settle down with her. The last piece of post he got here was a Tiffany's catalogue."

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