Pensioner who died in Bexleyheath car park fall named as Jean Gerlack

This Is Local London: Police officers at the scene outside Bexleyheath Broadway Shopping Centre. Police officers at the scene outside Bexleyheath Broadway Shopping Centre.

THE woman who died after falling from the roof of Bexleyheath Broadway Shopping Centre on Wednesday has been named.

Jean Gerlack, 67, died at the scene after falling from the multi-storey car park at around 10.15am on a busy and bright shopping day in Bexleyheath.

A witness who ran to check her pulse immediately after the impact claims he saw the pensioner fall “head first” after she was seen sitting on top of the wall moments earlier.

The London Air Ambulance landed on the top of Cineworld in the Broadway and paramedics arrived within minutes but she could not be saved and was pronounced dead at 10.30am.

Met Police are currently not treating the incident as suspicious.

A post-mortem examination is due to take place in the next few days and an inquest into her death opened and adjourned early next week.

Did you know Jean? Call the newsdesk on 01689 885702 or e-mail tim.macfarlan@london.newsquest.co.uk to leave your tribute.

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1:30pm Fri 3 May 13

batey says...

R.I.P Jean.x
R.I.P Jean.x batey
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2:08pm Fri 3 May 13

dee2009 says...

R.I.P jean gerlock,my thoughts are with your family and friends xxx
R.I.P jean gerlock,my thoughts are with your family and friends xxx dee2009
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2:42pm Fri 3 May 13

junie says...

r.i.p jean xxx
r.i.p jean xxx junie
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12:10am Sat 4 May 13

Joelo says...

Whilst this is sad I cant help but feel anoyed that this woman has subjected people and possibly children going about their daily lives to witness this. Her actions will affect lots of people through no fault of thier own. I appriciate she wasnt of sound mind but still.
Whilst this is sad I cant help but feel anoyed that this woman has subjected people and possibly children going about their daily lives to witness this. Her actions will affect lots of people through no fault of thier own. I appriciate she wasnt of sound mind but still. Joelo
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7:39am Sat 4 May 13

Angensa says...

Joelo wrote:
Whilst this is sad I cant help but feel anoyed that this woman has subjected people and possibly children going about their daily lives to witness this. Her actions will affect lots of people through no fault of thier own. I appriciate she wasnt of sound mind but still.
I don't think you do appreciate that she wasn't of sound mind at all. This poor lady must have been at her wits end to do this. People who witnessed it will recover, she and her family will not. You clearly do NOT understand depression! This poor lady has died and all you feel is annoyed?! That says a lot about you. I feel sad for her and her family and wish them well.
[quote][p][bold]Joelo[/bold] wrote: Whilst this is sad I cant help but feel anoyed that this woman has subjected people and possibly children going about their daily lives to witness this. Her actions will affect lots of people through no fault of thier own. I appriciate she wasnt of sound mind but still.[/p][/quote]I don't think you do appreciate that she wasn't of sound mind at all. This poor lady must have been at her wits end to do this. People who witnessed it will recover, she and her family will not. You clearly do NOT understand depression! This poor lady has died and all you feel is annoyed?! That says a lot about you. I feel sad for her and her family and wish them well. Angensa
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9:48am Sat 4 May 13

Inspirationalady28 says...

Angensa wrote:
Joelo wrote:
Whilst this is sad I cant help but feel anoyed that this woman has subjected people and possibly children going about their daily lives to witness this. Her actions will affect lots of people through no fault of thier own. I appriciate she wasnt of sound mind but still.
I don't think you do appreciate that she wasn't of sound mind at all. This poor lady must have been at her wits end to do this. People who witnessed it will recover, she and her family will not. You clearly do NOT understand depression! This poor lady has died and all you feel is annoyed?! That says a lot about you. I feel sad for her and her family and wish them well.
How can you be so sure that people who witnessed it will recover? It can affect people in different ways, not everyone do recover, they can have flashbacks when witnessing anything traumatic. On the subject of depression, I do have an understanding of how it affects people..if this lady was suffering from accute depression then her family or GP should have been more aware of the risks involved and kept a closer eye on her.
[quote][p][bold]Angensa[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Joelo[/bold] wrote: Whilst this is sad I cant help but feel anoyed that this woman has subjected people and possibly children going about their daily lives to witness this. Her actions will affect lots of people through no fault of thier own. I appriciate she wasnt of sound mind but still.[/p][/quote]I don't think you do appreciate that she wasn't of sound mind at all. This poor lady must have been at her wits end to do this. People who witnessed it will recover, she and her family will not. You clearly do NOT understand depression! This poor lady has died and all you feel is annoyed?! That says a lot about you. I feel sad for her and her family and wish them well.[/p][/quote]How can you be so sure that people who witnessed it will recover? It can affect people in different ways, not everyone do recover, they can have flashbacks when witnessing anything traumatic. On the subject of depression, I do have an understanding of how it affects people..if this lady was suffering from accute depression then her family or GP should have been more aware of the risks involved and kept a closer eye on her. Inspirationalady28
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12:15pm Sat 4 May 13

rochlaa says...

Inspirationalady28 wrote:
Angensa wrote:
Joelo wrote: Whilst this is sad I cant help but feel anoyed that this woman has subjected people and possibly children going about their daily lives to witness this. Her actions will affect lots of people through no fault of thier own. I appriciate she wasnt of sound mind but still.
I don't think you do appreciate that she wasn't of sound mind at all. This poor lady must have been at her wits end to do this. People who witnessed it will recover, she and her family will not. You clearly do NOT understand depression! This poor lady has died and all you feel is annoyed?! That says a lot about you. I feel sad for her and her family and wish them well.
How can you be so sure that people who witnessed it will recover? It can affect people in different ways, not everyone do recover, they can have flashbacks when witnessing anything traumatic. On the subject of depression, I do have an understanding of how it affects people..if this lady was suffering from accute depression then her family or GP should have been more aware of the risks involved and kept a closer eye on her.
I was there and saw the body i know now for the rest of my life it will haunt me and aschool kid saw what happened and so did the rest of there class
what has happened is tragic and my thoughts are with her family
r.i.p. Jean gearlock hope everything is better now
[quote][p][bold]Inspirationalady28[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Angensa[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Joelo[/bold] wrote: Whilst this is sad I cant help but feel anoyed that this woman has subjected people and possibly children going about their daily lives to witness this. Her actions will affect lots of people through no fault of thier own. I appriciate she wasnt of sound mind but still.[/p][/quote]I don't think you do appreciate that she wasn't of sound mind at all. This poor lady must have been at her wits end to do this. People who witnessed it will recover, she and her family will not. You clearly do NOT understand depression! This poor lady has died and all you feel is annoyed?! That says a lot about you. I feel sad for her and her family and wish them well.[/p][/quote]How can you be so sure that people who witnessed it will recover? It can affect people in different ways, not everyone do recover, they can have flashbacks when witnessing anything traumatic. On the subject of depression, I do have an understanding of how it affects people..if this lady was suffering from accute depression then her family or GP should have been more aware of the risks involved and kept a closer eye on her.[/p][/quote]I was there and saw the body i know now for the rest of my life it will haunt me and aschool kid saw what happened and so did the rest of there class what has happened is tragic and my thoughts are with her family r.i.p. Jean gearlock hope everything is better now rochlaa
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2:41pm Sat 4 May 13

Angensa says...

Inspirationalady28 wrote:
Angensa wrote:
Joelo wrote:
Whilst this is sad I cant help but feel anoyed that this woman has subjected people and possibly children going about their daily lives to witness this. Her actions will affect lots of people through no fault of thier own. I appriciate she wasnt of sound mind but still.
I don't think you do appreciate that she wasn't of sound mind at all. This poor lady must have been at her wits end to do this. People who witnessed it will recover, she and her family will not. You clearly do NOT understand depression! This poor lady has died and all you feel is annoyed?! That says a lot about you. I feel sad for her and her family and wish them well.
How can you be so sure that people who witnessed it will recover? It can affect people in different ways, not everyone do recover, they can have flashbacks when witnessing anything traumatic. On the subject of depression, I do have an understanding of how it affects people..if this lady was suffering from accute depression then her family or GP should have been more aware of the risks involved and kept a closer eye on her.
What a terrible thing to say. You cannot blame anyone else for this tragedy. Her family and GP surely are not expected to watch her 24 hours! I just hope that she is at peace and that her family do not read these spiteful comments.
[quote][p][bold]Inspirationalady28[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Angensa[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Joelo[/bold] wrote: Whilst this is sad I cant help but feel anoyed that this woman has subjected people and possibly children going about their daily lives to witness this. Her actions will affect lots of people through no fault of thier own. I appriciate she wasnt of sound mind but still.[/p][/quote]I don't think you do appreciate that she wasn't of sound mind at all. This poor lady must have been at her wits end to do this. People who witnessed it will recover, she and her family will not. You clearly do NOT understand depression! This poor lady has died and all you feel is annoyed?! That says a lot about you. I feel sad for her and her family and wish them well.[/p][/quote]How can you be so sure that people who witnessed it will recover? It can affect people in different ways, not everyone do recover, they can have flashbacks when witnessing anything traumatic. On the subject of depression, I do have an understanding of how it affects people..if this lady was suffering from accute depression then her family or GP should have been more aware of the risks involved and kept a closer eye on her.[/p][/quote]What a terrible thing to say. You cannot blame anyone else for this tragedy. Her family and GP surely are not expected to watch her 24 hours! I just hope that she is at peace and that her family do not read these spiteful comments. Angensa
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4:43pm Sat 4 May 13

Inspirationalady28 says...

Angensa wrote:
Inspirationalady28 wrote:
Angensa wrote:
Joelo wrote:
Whilst this is sad I cant help but feel anoyed that this woman has subjected people and possibly children going about their daily lives to witness this. Her actions will affect lots of people through no fault of thier own. I appriciate she wasnt of sound mind but still.
I don't think you do appreciate that she wasn't of sound mind at all. This poor lady must have been at her wits end to do this. People who witnessed it will recover, she and her family will not. You clearly do NOT understand depression! This poor lady has died and all you feel is annoyed?! That says a lot about you. I feel sad for her and her family and wish them well.
How can you be so sure that people who witnessed it will recover? It can affect people in different ways, not everyone do recover, they can have flashbacks when witnessing anything traumatic. On the subject of depression, I do have an understanding of how it affects people..if this lady was suffering from accute depression then her family or GP should have been more aware of the risks involved and kept a closer eye on her.
What a terrible thing to say. You cannot blame anyone else for this tragedy. Her family and GP surely are not expected to watch her 24 hours! I just hope that she is at peace and that her family do not read these spiteful comments.
There's nothing spiteful in what I have said,I am merely stating facts..a person doesn't just decide to end their life on the spur of the moment unless of course they are suffering from some sort of mental breakdown. If this is the case, then someone should have helped and supported this poor lady. Any person who is in this frame of mind should be monitored 24/7 and if her family were unable to do it then it would be down to them to seek professional help. Maybe she was receiving medical care but managed to somehow slip through the system!! Whatever the reasons, my heart goes out to all those affected by this tragic incident.
[quote][p][bold]Angensa[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Inspirationalady28[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Angensa[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Joelo[/bold] wrote: Whilst this is sad I cant help but feel anoyed that this woman has subjected people and possibly children going about their daily lives to witness this. Her actions will affect lots of people through no fault of thier own. I appriciate she wasnt of sound mind but still.[/p][/quote]I don't think you do appreciate that she wasn't of sound mind at all. This poor lady must have been at her wits end to do this. People who witnessed it will recover, she and her family will not. You clearly do NOT understand depression! This poor lady has died and all you feel is annoyed?! That says a lot about you. I feel sad for her and her family and wish them well.[/p][/quote]How can you be so sure that people who witnessed it will recover? It can affect people in different ways, not everyone do recover, they can have flashbacks when witnessing anything traumatic. On the subject of depression, I do have an understanding of how it affects people..if this lady was suffering from accute depression then her family or GP should have been more aware of the risks involved and kept a closer eye on her.[/p][/quote]What a terrible thing to say. You cannot blame anyone else for this tragedy. Her family and GP surely are not expected to watch her 24 hours! I just hope that she is at peace and that her family do not read these spiteful comments.[/p][/quote]There's nothing spiteful in what I have said,I am merely stating facts..a person doesn't just decide to end their life on the spur of the moment unless of course they are suffering from some sort of mental breakdown. If this is the case, then someone should have helped and supported this poor lady. Any person who is in this frame of mind should be monitored 24/7 and if her family were unable to do it then it would be down to them to seek professional help. Maybe she was receiving medical care but managed to somehow slip through the system!! Whatever the reasons, my heart goes out to all those affected by this tragic incident. Inspirationalady28
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8:23pm Sat 4 May 13

brainwash says...

I have seen mental illness first hand,my ex wife.this poor lady would not have been responsible for the compulsion that made her do this.anybody can reach breaking point,some have nowhere to turn.God rest her soul
I have seen mental illness first hand,my ex wife.this poor lady would not have been responsible for the compulsion that made her do this.anybody can reach breaking point,some have nowhere to turn.God rest her soul brainwash
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