The fundraising appeal to bring home the body of tragic 21-year-old circus acrobat Iosif Totoi has almost reached its target.
Iosif was found dead at Russells International Circus, off Humberston Road, Cleethorpes, last Wednesday, with his friends and family quickly launching an appeal to raise £10,000 in order to help get the body of the Romanian national back home to his family.
The appeal has so far reached a total of £8,380, meaning that just £1,620 is needed to repatriate the young man’s body back to Romania.
In just three days 329 people have donated to the cause which has almost reached its target.
Iosif had been performing with the circus for more than three years and has been described as one of the most popular performers on the show, known for his good humour and warm nature.
He was a trampoline and parallel bars acrobat.
Circus leader Rusty Russell said that the entire circus was utterly heartbroken at the loss and while “they may smile for the public, behind the scenes they are in floods of tears.”
He said: “We are all utterly heartbroken at the loss of Iosif, he was probably the most popular performer that we have here at the circus, who was friends with everybody and had a brilliant sense of humour.
“He was known for being a real joker and loved to play pranks and have fun and it will just not be the same without him here.
“We are now trying to raise £10,000 so that we can have his body repatriated back to Romania to be with his mother for the burial, as they simply cannot afford that sort of money to bring him home.”
Russells International Circus tragedy
It is understood police are not treating his death as suspicious.
If you would like to donate to the appeal to bring Iosif home please visit the Gofundme page .