Friend of a tradie found dead in a fire escape breaks his silence

A close friend of a former reality TV contestant who was mysteriously found dead in a fire escape says the ‘good-looking boy’ didn’t need to pay for sex – amid theories he had a rendezvous with an escort hours before his death.

Paul Browne’s body was found in a fire exit that runs between the floors of an apartment complex in Rosebery, in Sydney’s inner-south, at about 9pm on October 8. 

Police are unsure how the 33-year-old died, but say he had driven from his home in the neighbouring suburb of Zetland to a female sex worker’s unit on October 7 – the night before his body was found.

On Thursday, Mr Browne’s mate Isaac Parry told Daily Mail Australia that he’s ‘100 per cent sure’ the construction worker was partying with the woman, rather than using her services. 

Paul Browne, 33, was mysteriously found dead in the fire exit of an apartment complex

Paul Browne, 33, was mysteriously found dead in the fire exit of an apartment complex

Paul Browne's friends flocked to social media to pay tribute to the construction worker (pictured right with a friend)

Paul Browne’s friends flocked to social media to pay tribute to the construction worker (pictured right with a friend)

‘I honestly don’t think he was there to pay for sex,’ Mr Parry told Daily Mail Australia in an exclusive interview.

‘He would have been partying with an mersin escort as friends.

‘He was a good looking boy.’

Detectives told the  that Mr Browne took drugs while he was in the apartment.

Mr Parry confirmed the 33-year-old enjoyed party drugs when they were younger – but said he wasn’t a drug dealer.

The revelation comes as footage of emerged of Mr Browne auditioning for the singing show X-Factor, showing the construction worker in high spirits and having a laugh as he performed a ballad by Robbie Williams. 

Paul Browne is pictured top right and bottom right. Police are unsure how he died at this stage

Police are appealing to the public for information on Paul Browne's death (pictured right with friends)

Police are unsure how Paul Brown died at this stage. They have appealed to the public for information

Mr Browne was just 22 when he was dared to perform ‘Angels’ by Robbie Williams on stage in front of judges Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Guy Sebastian, Ronan Keating, and Mel B.

When his vocal prowess was dubbed ‘terrible’ by all four judges, the young man said it was likely because ‘my mouth is a little dry’ and ‘the song wasn’t in my key’. 

Mr Parry said the pair enjoyed talking about ‘girls, music, clubbing and crypto currency’ when they saw each other at a Sauna in Waterloo, and remembered him as a ‘loving and respectful’ person. 

‘Miss you already brother,’ he said.

‘You touched my life in a way few people do. 

‘You earned my love and respect by simply being loving and respectful to whoever you would meet. 

‘You had a fire inside you that burned so bright it drew people too you like moths to camp light.

Mr Browne was just 22 when he was dared to perform 'Angels' by Robbie Williams on stage in 2011 as part of an X-Factor audition

Mr Browne was just 22 when he was dared to perform ‘Angels’ by Robbie Williams on stage in 2011 as part of an X-Factor audition

‘I know you left this world a better place then you found it. Fly high young blood… see you when I get there.’

On Wednesday, police released CCTV footage of a mystery man wearing a dark tracksuit, cap and white sneakers leaving the scene on October 8. 

Officers from South Sydney Police Area Command are looking to speak with the man and appealed to the public for information.  

Police said they were desperate to piece together Mr Browne’s last movements for his ‘devastated’ family. 

An autopsy did not reveal the cause of death. 

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online.

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