Touching tributes and kind words of sympathy have poured in after the sad death of Steve Lynn.
Scores of Echo readers have left tributes to the popular bricklayer, described as a "gentle giant".
Diane Pearce said: "Such a tragic story. My deepest sympathies to his family and friends, he sounds like a lovely lad."
Christine Tiernan said: "One of my son's closest friends who will be sadly missed. RIP Betsy. Sending all our love to his family."
Janeann Hepworth said: "God bless. A gentle giant he was . Sleep tight Bonny lad."
Claire Proud said: "So sad and devastating for his poor family. We don’t realise just how serious this flu can turn. Poor lad. RIP."
Kelly Anne Wilson said: "How absolutely devastating. Feel heartbroken for Kelly and all Steven's loving family and friends. He sounds an amazing lad God bless him."
Bridie Snowdon said: "Just broke my heart reading that, so, so sad."
Lynn Fisher said: "So sorry for your loss Kelly thinking of you and all the family RIP Steven."
Denise Jackson said: "So, so sad. Can't think of anything worse than loosing a child."
Julie Mcdowell said: "So sad how the flu can kill such a young lad."
Lauren Nicholson said: "Funny, young, caring lad! Going to be missed so much."
Tracey Clark said: "Poor lad just a boy deepest sympathy for his family rip sweetheart.God bless."