TRIBUTES have been paid to John Paul Stewart who was found dead at a city centre house yesterday.
Mr Stewart’s body was found at a Nettleton Road house at 3.20pm by police and paramedics.
He is thought to have suffered a heart attack.
The body of Mr Stewart, who was in his late 30s, was removed at 7.15pm.
The road was partly blocked while emergency service crews dealt with the incident.
A spokeswoman for the South West Ambulance Service said: “We received a report that a man had suffered a cardiac arrest. Upon arrival he was not breathing and not conscious. There was nothing more we could do for him.”
Police are not treating the death as suspicious although it is thought that Mr Stewart had previously battled a drug addiction.
Former Barton mock mayor Delroy Ellis has paid tribute to his old school friend. He said: “I was sad to hear the news of John Paul. He was someone I grew up with and went to school with.
“It was only last week that I was talking to him about things he wanted to do.
“My thoughts are with all of his family at this sad time.”
Friend Kelly Lee added: “I lived in the same hostel as him when I was 15. He hasn’t been the best person in the world but he had a heart of gold. We knew him as Cha-Cha and he was a truly lovely guy.
“I got to know him at the hostel and through the years we have kept in contact. It is such a shame what has happened.”
Hundreds of people rallied on Facebook to pay tribute to Mr Stewart.
Kerry Newman said: “Life can be so cruel sometimes. John will be missed and was loved by so many. I’m gutted.”
Claire Stokes added: “John had a heart of gold and will be missed but not forgotten.”
Kelly Myatt said: “He was always known by my lot as a loveable rogue.”