TRIBUTES have been paid to a “lovely” Scots dad who tragically passed away in his sleep.
Heartbroken friends and family took to social media to remember 31-year-old Steven Irvine, who died suddenly on April 4.
The dad was feeling “totally fine” before going to bed, where he was found dead earlier this month.
His devastated girlfriend Toni Kirkpatrick, 27, spoke of her heartbreak in an Instagram post.
They have two young boys together, aged six and three.
She wrote: “My heart’s broken into pieces.
“Just wish you could be here beside us, saying goodbye to us or even just to get one last hug from you.
“I wasn’t ready for you to go. I don’t think I’ll ever be ready to accept it.
“You were my best friend, my soul mate and our boys’ daddy.
“See you again one day I hope.”
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She added in a separate post: “A week that’s felt like a year. Dragged in.
“Life’s so empty knowing my soul mate is away for ever.”
Friends also paid tribute to the dad on Facebook.
One commented: “So sorry for your loss Toni, love to you and the kids my darling.
“RIP young man, taken from his loving family way too soon.”
Another wrote: “So very sad. My condolences to his wife and family.
“Just goes to show you never know when your time is up, make the most of the life you have.”
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Toni raise funds for a funeral.
So far, £900 has been raised.
The page read: “As you know, funerals don’t come cheap and for a 27-year-old having to organize a funeral is hard enough without worrying where the funds are coming from to pay for it.
“If anyone could help with even as little as £1 this would help a long way and it would be very appreciated.”
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