Sheldon Farnell lost his life on Monday.

Sheldon Farnell: Beautiful family photos of 'little star' as Sunderland mourns child's tragic death

The tragic story of Sheldon Gary Farnell has touched hearts across Sunderland and beyond.

The four-year-old died on Monday, less than 24 hours after being discharged from Sunderland Royal Hospital. An inquiry is now underway. Hundreds of pounds have been raised in the wake of his death to pay for the send off he deserves, and tributes have been paid across social media to the bonny little boy with the cheeky smile. Here we take a look through some of Sheldon's family's favourite pictures.

Sheldon was described by his family as a loving and joyful little boy.

1. Their little star

Sheldon was described by his family as a loving and joyful little boy.
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Sheldon's grandad Gary continued: "He had the rest of his life ahead of him and it has been taken away from him."

2. 'The most polite little boy'

Sheldon's grandad Gary continued: "He had the rest of his life ahead of him and it has been taken away from him."
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Sheldon's family are grieving together at home in Houghton.

3. Cuddling up

Sheldon's family are grieving together at home in Houghton.
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The cheeky youngster "loved everyone" and was the light of his family's lives.

4. Sheldon as a baby

The cheeky youngster "loved everyone" and was the light of his family's lives.
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