A heartbroken mum paid tribute to her "life and soul of the party" son who died suddenly aged 30.

Dad-of-two David Griffiths, from Ellesmere Port, was found dead at his home on July 13.

His mum Ellen Griffiths told the ECHO her son was a "family man" who loved his two sons and was a "staunch Liverpool supporter" whose death has left his family in "utter shock."

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Ellen said: "David was the life and soul of the party.

"He was always pulling pranks on everyone, fun and full of life.

"We're all just numb with shock."

David Griffiths, from Ellesmere Port, who died suddenly aged 30
David Griffiths, from Ellesmere Port, who died suddenly aged 30

David grew up in Ellesmere Port with his mum, brothers Col, Ste and Lee and sisters Soph and Jess. He attended Sutton High School where he loved sport.

A "staunch Liverpool supporter" his mum Ellen says he watched every match.

Ellen said: "Even in work he would never miss the match, he'd take his phone and watch the game.

"He was a Liverpool fan, even though I'm a Man United fan, we'd joke about it."

David, who had been working at a vaccination centre before his death, leaves behind two sons Ashton, 13, and David, six, who he "loved to bits."

Ellen said: "He loved his two boys to bits and his nieces, nephews, brothers and sisters.

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"He loved his family, he was a real family man."

Ellen says the "worst part" is not knowing how her son, who was found at home, died.

She: "He was just found asleep, we don't know, have no idea at all, that's the worst part.

"We're just in shock, all of us, we don't even think it's happening to us, we're just numb with shock."

The family have been raising funds to pay for David's funeral, with his cousin Donna carrying out a sponsored hair cut to help with the costs.

Ellen says the support she's received from the people of Ellesmere Port has been "just amazing."

If you have been affected by any of the details mentioned in this story there are people who can help you.

Most people grieve when they lose something or someone important to them.

The way grief affects you depends on lots of things, including what kind of loss you have suffered, your upbringing, your beliefs or religion, your age, your relationships, and your physical and mental health.

Grieving is a totally normal process but there are way to get help if you need support.

Your GP is a good place to start. They can give you advice about other support services, refer you to a counsellor, or prescribe medication if needed.

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She said: "I just want to thank all the family, friends and the people of Ellesmere Port for all the support they've given to us.

"People have been just amazing and the family really appreciate everyone's help.

"It's just been such a terrible shock, you don't expect to be burying your own son.

"We miss him so much."

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