TRIBUTES have been paid to a well-known Mildenhall man, described as ‘an amazing person’, who has been found dead.
Lee Ayers, 28, was found hanged at his flat in Conifer Close on Monday morning.
Gracy Tucciarone, a close friend, said Mr Ayers was a unique character.
“He was the most amazing person I have ever met in my life. He was so funny and cheeky – it’s hard to put into words. Everyone in the town knew Lee, he had friends everywhere.
“I don’t know when it started but in the last few months he just started to get sadder – not depressed though, he still had his bubbliness,” she said.
Jeff Davis, a friend of Mr Ayers and managing director of Zack FM, said he was a ‘charming guy’ who had frequently volunteered at events for the radio station.
Mr Davis said Mr Ayers had struggled with his sexuality after coming out as gay.
“There is not a particularly big gay community in Mildenhall and I think Lee suffered a lot of abuse when he came out and that was hard for him,” he said.
“He came to see me about six months ago and said he didn’t think there was any reason to live and that it was only because of his mother that he was still around.
“When I saw him a week ago, he didn’t seem to be himself.”
“We are all in shock because it’s a huge loss to the community because Lee showed we have a diverse community and that people with other lifestyles can be accepted as a general rule.”
A former Mildenhall College of Technology student, Mr Ayers lived alone in his flat and was unemployed. He had previously worked in McColl’s, in St John’s Close, and had recently attended West Suffolk College.
A spokesman for Suffolk Police said officers were called to Mr Ayers’ flat at around 11.20am on Monday after being contacted by a member of his family.
Paramedics and firefighters attended the scene and Mr Ayers was pronounced dead.
The spokesman confirmed that the coroner has been informed.