Lizard Man Bronson Ellery and ex-girlfriend found dead by close friend

By Gold Coast Bulletin, Jack Harbour, Tanya Westthorp

A notorius Gold Coast criminal known as 'Solitary Son' and his ex-girlfriend were found dead in a Southport unit. Photo: Bronson Ellery/Twitter
A notorius Gold Coast criminal known as 'Solitary Son' and his ex-girlfriend were found dead in a Southport unit. Photo: Bronson Ellery/Twitter

'Lizard man' Bronson Ellery was found lying dead next to his ex girlfriend in his Gold Coast home by a close mate, Gold Coast Bulletin reports.

Shelsea Schilling and her ex Ellery, a former Bandidos enforcer and wannabe hardcore musician, better known as Lizard Man for his elaborate tattooing, were found dead at Ellery's Southport unit last Friday.

Nick Blandthorne found the pair on the floor in the lounge.

"I found them both laying there - I thought he was asleep," the 22-year-old said yesterday.

"I said, 'Bronson, oi Bronson'.

"It looked very peaceful.

"I said, 'Bronson' ... no response."

Blandthorne said he was still in the dark about how the deaths, which police are still investigating, occured.

Detective Inspector Mark Thompson has revealed that a note "gives us an indication as to how things occurred". Police are no longer seeking anyone else in involvement with the case.

"One thing I will say is it did look peaceful," he said.

"That's all I'll say until we do find out the facts because I still don't know what the cause of death was for either of them."

Blandthorne expected to see Ellery on Friday but when he arrived at the unit and knocked on the door there was no answer.

After recieving a text from Ellery's mother asking him to check on her son, Blandethorne got a key to the unit from the landlord and opened the door.

"The owner behind me said, 'Oh, my God, are they OK?' and I said, 'I don't know'.

"I said 'Bronson!'. No response. I walked outside and called his mum straightaway and said I'd just found them and they were on the floor and I don't know what's happening.

"The owner went in and checked for a pulse and came out while I was on the phone to her."

Blandethorne told the Bulletin he and Ellery spent time together several times a week. The last time they spoke was last Wednesday when they made their plans to meet Friday.

"I got to say, 'I love you brother' and he said, 'I love you too bro'," he said.

"I'm glad I got to say that to him as the last thing."

- NZ Herald

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