Heartbroken friends and relatives have paid tribute to a much-loved 23-year-old who died just hours after he was diagnosed with cancer.
Aidan Hailes became unwell at the end of December and was taken to hospital by paramedics.
Doctors diagnosed him with acute leukaemia but hours later the Nissan worker’s health took a turn for the worse.
Medics tried to save him but he died at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary after suffering a brain bleed on December 30.
Aidan, from Sunderland, was a loving son to Anne and Derek, and brother to Craig and twin Andrew, who thanked hospital staff for their efforts to save him.
Now, his friends have paid tribute to the University of Sunderland graduate who they described as the “heart and soul” of their group.
Scott Pindery, 23, described Aidan as the ‘funniest person you could meet and would turn a sad situation into a happy one.’
He said: “He was the heart and soul of our friends group and was loved and adored by us all, we now all know that he will be with us all by our sides for the rest of our lives whenever we need him and he will keep the party going up there for us enjoying himself like he always does️.”
Logan Wright, 23, said the world had ‘lost a true legend.’
He said: “I’m so sorry what this evil world has done and I wish I could take it all away because everyday is gonna be a struggle without having you here by me.
“You will always be in my heart and we will continue to do all the amazing stuff that we used to do together and all the stuff we had planned.
“You are loved by everyone, never forget that. The world has lost a true legend. I will continue to love you forever mate, rest easy and I’m sure you will continue to party hard up there. Until we meet again bro.”
Nath Brown, 23, added: “Aidan is the kindest and funniest person I have and ever will meet in my life.
“The support this young lad gave is absolutely incredible because he would always be by your side.
“Aidan will be a huge miss to the whole of Sunderland because everyone knew who he was.”
Ryan Connor, 25, paid tribute to his “partner in crime”.
He said: “I love you not only were you my partner in crime at work you were my gym buddy – always messing about and there was never a dull moment in sight when it comes to you, you will forever be by my side no matter where I go whether that’s Ibiza or the gym.”
Lewis Dodd, 24, has since launched a fundraising page for Aidan’s family and said: “I am so proud that Aidan was one of my best mates.
“All the years I knew him through school and beyond it was just laughter and joy. He lit up every room he walked into.
“Everyone loved him so much as he had such a big heart and looked after everyone. I’ll miss him so much and love him forever.
“We are appealing to friends, family, everyone who’s heart Aidan touched and anyone’s pint he pulled to help to raise money for his family to cover funeral costs and give Aidan the send off he deserves.”