TRIBUTES are continuing to pour in for councillor David Potts, who has died aged just 30.
The often controversial representative for Cleadon and East Boldon lost his battle against alcoholism on Sunday.
In the wake of his death, former political friends and foes have spoken of their sadness and regret at the “tragedy”.
Coun Potts, who left the Tory party to join UKIP, had much more to offer according to his former ward colleague Donald Wood.
The Conservative, who lost his seat in 2011, said: “It is a tragic waste of life first and for most and I’m deeply sorry for his family.
“He had so much life to live for and so much in front of him.
“He went for rehab and came out of that with a second chance at life, sadly he didn’t take it and his demons got the better of him.
“His is a cautionary tale for anyone who struggles with their alcohol intake - you just can’t drink as much as he was and survive.”