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WPD: Popular waiter dies accidentally on his 45th birthday

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A Wilmington man is dead, but police say it was all an accident.

Patricia Moity, who owns Caprice Bistro where Lee Nam worked, told the StarNews, "I'm in tears, but I have to be strong because my staff is falling apart. Each time the regulars come in and ask for him, I'm going to have to go through it again."

Nam was head server at Caprice for the last 10 years.

The StarNews also reports that Nam grew up in Liverpool, England and had been in the United States for at least 15 years, according to Moity. He'd worked for her and her husband Thierry Moity at a restaurant they owned in Raleigh, before joining them when they opened the Market Street bistro in downtown Wilmington in 2001.

After learning the news of his death Friday morning, Patricia Moity spoke by phone with Nam's sister who lives outside London. She said the family is making arrangements to come to Wilmington.

Officers blocked off streets near 4th and Nun streets this morning, and the flashing lights had neighbors concerned.

"I noticed the lights and the ambulance and stuff, so I walked over thinking maybe it was a gas leak, but the police officer said they were investigating a death, and that definitely concerned me," neighbor Phyllis Bayzle said.

That was around 8 a.m., but the initial call came through around 7 a.m.

"As we rolled up, some of the investigators were just starting to process the scene," WPD spokesman Det. Kevin Smith said.

As the investigation unfolded, it became clear this death was an accident.

"The man, who lived on 4th Street, accidentally fell off his porch and hit his head," Smith said.

A friend tells us Nam was celebrating his 45th birthday well into the early morning hours, and just after 6 a.m. fell over his porch railing falling some eight feet and landing on the sidewalk.

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