It seems Mark Blanco was not the first person to die in connection with Paul Roundhill‘s Whitechapel flat. According to the Guardian, Irish singer-songwriter Paul Cunniffe died in the same spot in 2001.
According to Joanna Hardy, Paul Cunniffe’s girlfriend, “The police went round three or four times but nobody answered. I asked them: is that it? They said there was no case to pursue as far as they were concerned.”
Following his death, an album of his songs entitled Excuse My Accent was released to critical acclaim. Paul Cunniffe left behind his partner Jo and three children, Paula, Shane and Mollie Rae.
The circumstances surrounding the fall were considered ‘suspicious’ but have never been discovered. Paul Roundhill is said to have no memory of the incident.