TRIBUTES have been paid to a popular family man who died only days before he was due to join friends at this weekend’s Cinderford Music Festival.
The 31-year-old, who suffered a suspected heart attack in the town, has been named locally as father-of-two Ryan ‘Boz’ Probert.
Aron Randall, 24, who lives in flats off Market Street, said he knew Ryan for around five years and said he was shocked to learn of his death on social media. “I saw Ryan 10 minutes before he was airlifted and he said he was going to come here and have some beers before going to the music festival on Saturday,” Mr Randall said.
“I heard the air ambulance and didn’t think anything of it and when I saw ‘RIP Boz’ on Facebook the next day, it came as a massive shock.
“He was an absolute legend. He was a great laugh, friendly and would do anything to help anybody – he was a pleasure to be around and will be missed.”
A number of people in Cinderford have spoken of their shock at the death of the young man.
Ryan was described as a popular and well-known family man and Shane Pritchard, 24, said his death has rocked the community.
He said: “He was liked by quite a few people and it was definitely shocking to hear that he died.”
Ambulance crews alerted police to an address in Market Street where a man was found unconscious at around 6.45pm on Tuesday evening.
He was airlifted to Frenchay Hospital near Bristol where he later died in the early hours of Wednesday.
Police said his death is currently unexplained.
However it is not being treated as suspicious and it is now a matter of the Avon coroner.