Tributes have been paid to a man whose body was found in a village street.
Lee Woodward was found dead in Don View, West Boldon, early yesterday.
It is understood the tragedy happened the day after his mother’s funeral.
Mr Woodward, who worked at Sunderland’s Nissan factory, was a former South Tyneside College student and Boldon School pupil. He also played cricket for Boldon CA.
Boldon Community Association chairman, David Thompson, said: “We are all shocked and stunned by the news.
“It’s just tragic. It was Lee’s mum’s funeral just yesterday and now this has happened.
“Lee was a lovely lad. He was quiet in many ways.
“He played for us as a junior, but at a time when the club was struggling and we desperately needed players, he came back to help us and that’s the kind of lad he was.”
He added: “He was playing so well last season we thought he might go on to play at a higher level.
“He was a super all-rounder. It’s very sad.
“We would like to pass on our sincere condolences to the family”
Police say the body of a man was discovered after they received a call from a member of the public just before 6.30am yesterday.Officers attended and found the body.
They were not in a position to officially confirm an identity last night.
Police say there is believed to be no third-party involvement in the death and a report is now being prepared for the coroner.
A police spokeswoman said: “At 6.26am on Tuesday police received a report of concern for a man in Don View, West Boldon. Officers attended and the body of a man was found.”