Kiwi cameraman Joseph Day's death in UK appears to have been 'terrible accident', family says

The family of a New Zealander found dead in the UK last week says it appears his death was a terrible accident.

Joseph Day, a 31-year-old former TVNZ camera operator, went missing from Bristol earlier this month. At the time, his friends and family said his disappearance was out of character.

Day's body was found in Bristol's Avon Gorge last week

On Sunday, Day's family released a statement saying his death was still being treated as unexplained and the coroner was investigating.

"From the evidence that has been presented to us by the police, as a family, we believe that Joseph has had a terrible accident," the statement said.

"We know that the Avon and Somerset police are under a great deal of pressure to give media a statement due to the exceptional public interest both in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

"There are still further lines of inquiry taking place and we do ask for privacy during this incredibly difficult time until we have further answers.

"A celebration of Joseph's life for family and friends will be held at the Auckland Town Hall on Thursday, May 26 at 11am."

On Thursday, Day's partner Kelsey Mulcahy, who originally reported his disappearance to the police, paid tribute to her "empathetic, creative, funny, generous, humble, kind, clever, protective, gentle" fiancée on social media. 

A Givealittle page set up to help support Day and Mulcahy's family has raised more than $107,000.