A teenage boy with a 'heart of gold' died after suffering a seizure - two weeks before his eighteenth birthday.

Dylan Slater was found dead in bed at his family's home in Wigan last Saturday morning (September 18).

The 17-year-old suffered from epilepsy and had regular seizures and had also been diagnosed with ADHD and autism.

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His aunt, Sara Newton, said the family had been left devastated following the sudden death of the former Shevington High School pupil.

"We're all in shock," she said.

"Nobody expects to be planning a funeral for their own child.

"Dylan did not have it easy, but he had a heart of gold and always looked out for his family."

Dylan Slater

Born in Blackpool, Dylan moved to Wigan at the age of seven and lived with his mum Hannah and his brother and sister, Jake and Micheala.

A huge fan of the Walking Dead television series, Dylan wanted to change his name to Daryl - after his favourite character on the show, Daryl Dixon.

He also enjoyed listening to rock music with My Chemical Romance, Twenty One Pilots and Bon Jovi among his favourite bands.

Dylan was due to turn 18 on October 2 and planned to celebrate by having a party with his friends.

Following his tragic death, his family say they want to campaign for young people with epilepsy to be given seizure alert bracelets, as they are currently not routinely offered and are expensive to buy.

Dylan was a huge fan of the tv show The Walking Dead

They say they had previously tried to get hold of one for Dylan and believe he may still be alive today had they been more readily available.

"If Dylan had one of those alarms that night, maybe he would still be here," said Ms Newton.

"Usually when Dylan had a seizure someone could hear him, but he was face down in bed so it was muffled.

"When it comes to children, I think the alarms should be made available to prevent other families losing a child."

His family has since set up a crowdfunder to cover the costs of his funeral and they hope to use any remaining money to buy a memorial bench bearing Dylan's name.

As he had a love for Harley Davidson motorbikes, Dylan's loved ones are also appealing for bikers to take part in a procession ahead of his funeral on October 8.

Donations can be made to the fundraiser here.