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Ty Townsley's mum pays tribute to her "cheeky", loveable son

By The Citizen  |  Posted: January 24, 2013

sadly missed: Ty Townsley.

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TY Townsley's mum Becky has spoken of the devastating moment she found her son after he died in his sleep.

Becky, speaking for the first time since he died, said she found the "cheeky" 15-year-old in the early hours of Sunday, January 6.

The previous night had been like many other normal family evenings, she said.

"He didn't go out that night," said Mrs Townsley, a community midwife. "He usually went into town every Saturday with his friends, but he had spent all of his Christmas money so decided to stay in.

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"We watched Take Me Out together, he liked that, and all went to bed as normal.

"In the night I heard Ty making some noises and I thought he was dreaming. So I went into his room and soothed him back to sleep.

"In the morning I got up, went downstairs and started cooking sausages for Ty. Then I heard his alarm on his phone, it kept going off so I went to check on him.

"He was dead. I just thought 'no, no, not Ty'. I just knew straight away. I rang my husband and I was just screaming at him down the phone."

The cause of the Coney Hill RFC Under 16s player's death is still unknown, and Ty had no previous health problems, apart from suffering with asthma as a child.

However, his memory, through his family and his large group of friends lives on.

Mrs Townsley, who lives at Tuffley Avenue, said: "He was such a cheeky chappy, there was something special about him. He had so many friends, and a lot of best friends too. We have been overwhelmed by the amount of support and well wishes we have had.

"He loved his sport, and in the summer he played for Hardwicke. He was quite disappointed as last year was a bit of a washout. He also loved his rugby and supported Gloucester.

"He had a ticket for a game that he never got to use sadly, so we are going to the game against Bath and they are doing a minute silence for Ty.

"He was 25 followers away from 1,000 on Twitter too and he really wanted to get to that mark. He liked to party too, he loved spending times with all of his friends."

She added: "We miss him dearly. We wouldn't wish what happened to us on our worst enemy."

The Gloucester Academy pupil leaves his mum Becky, dad Gerry, and brothers Tom, 22, and Toby, 20.

The date of his funeral, and service that will be held at Gloucester Cathedral, will be set once the cause of death is known.

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