He was discovered inside a Norlane property in the northern suburb of Geelong in Victoria on Friday night. Sources said he was unresponsive.
According to police, Werner’s death was a result of inhaling deodorant vapours, known as “huffing” or “chroming.”
An inquiry will officially determine the cause of the Geelong teen’s death. The entire ordeal has shattered the boy’s family and friends.
“To be quite honest, I’ve never heard of it before in my life… In my 17 years or so in the police force, I’ve never heard of that before,” Corio sergeant Dan Willsmore said.
According to Willsmore, there were a number of deodorant cans lying around in the house and in the street. Police found it strange.
“It just goes to show the dangers of doing anything to the extreme.” Willsmore said.
Members of his grieving family and his friends have been using social media to pay tribute to the young Geelong boy who was “gone too soon.”
His cousin Chels Okeefe set up a GoFundMe page to help the family cover funeral costs. As of now, more than $1,300 has been gathered.
On Sunday, a local footy match observed silence for a minute to honour the teen and pay tribute, says Yahoo News.
Okeefe said that “a huge hole” has been made in the hearts of family and friends of Werner, who passed away on the 15th of April, 2016.
She also added that Werner was her “beautiful cousin,” who lit up the lives of everyone he had ever met, including her.
“We want to give Pheonix the beautiful service and send off that he deserves, and allow everyone to come together to say goodbye before our precious boy rests peacefully in heaven,” a cousin said.