Police have launched a murder investigation into his death, but no arrests have yet been made. His family have been told of the tragedy and this morning they were too upset to speak.
Witnesses said the boy had been chased into Portobello Road after a fight broke out on a neighbouring estate.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said officers had been called at 8.245pm last night by the London Ambulance Service after a report that the boy had been stabbed. She added:
‘Officers attended the scene and immediately implemented first aid and CPR to an injured male. London Ambulance Service and London’ Air Ambulance arrived shortly after. The victim – a 16-year-old boy – was pronounced dead at the scene. Next of kin are aware. A post-mortem examination will be arranged in due course. Officers from the Homicide and Major Crime Command investigate. No arrests have been made and inquiries continue.’
One witness said the former Holland Park school pupil was stabbed in the neck. Witness Mark Gettleson heard the cries of staff at the pub as they tried to help the teenager as he staggered down the busy road.
He eventually collapsed outside the cheese shop La Cave a Fromage opposite the “World Famous Portobello Market” sign.
He said: “I got home from the gym and heard a bit of commotion, then I heard someone scream ‘Did anybody see anything?’ I rushed to the window and police were already there talking to the poor boy who was in a bloody heap on the floor.
“There were two large pools of blood where he had staggered down the road before collapsing. People saw him fall down and try to get to his feet again. Police and paramedics tried to resuscitate him for a long time, they did everything they could.
“This will shake people around here to the core. It’s absolutely tragic another young man has died. I’m in shock and we need to get the individuals who did this off our streets. We need to understand, in a meaningful way, why our children are turning to such horrific violent acts.