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BlackBerry employee dies following bottle attack at BBM party


A father of two has died following a stabbing at a corporate event organised to promote BlackBerry’s Messenger (BBM) service. The celebrity-packed event was organised by London-based public relations firm Frank PR at Bankside Vaults in Southwark on 3 April and featured a performance by singer Jessie J.

BlackBerry employee, Philip Sherriff, 37, from Preston, Lancashire, was allegedly attacked with a bottle by fellow partygoer Ashley Charles, 25, of Leicester. Sherriff was taken to hospital but later died. Charles appeared in the dock at Camberwell Green Magistrates' Court on Saturday, accused of attempted murder. He was remanded in custody and police are now investigating the attack as murder.

BlackBerry makers Research in Motion (RIM) said in a statement: "We are deeply saddened to hear our colleague has died as a result of the attack on Tuesday 3 April. Our thoughts are with his family and those close to him.”

More then 450 guests were present at the event including rappers Chipmunk and Wretch 32 and stars of reality TV shows Made in Chelsea and The Only Way Is Essex. Frank PR was not available for comment.

Pictured: The invitation to the BBM party

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