A teenage boy from Washington was found dead on his 18th birthday weekend.
Paramedics rushed to Ryan Quinn's aid at around 10.20am on Friday but sadly the 17-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.
Mystery still surrounds how he came to pass away, although his death is not being treated as suspicious.
Tributes have flooded social networking sites since Ryan was found dead at a house on Shipcote Terrace, in Gateshead, on what should have been his birthday weekend.
Friends of the teenager, who lived with his family, came together on a social networking site to mark his milestone without
Close friend, Ryan Feldman wrote: “This is the hardest thing I have been through, I can’t come to terms with the fact that there will be no more late night dog walks or that I will never be able to see my best mate again.
“I have lost my closest mate and it hurts to know that you were the only person I could tell anything to and you could tell me anything.”
Jaye Price said: “Just been sitting thinking about you, all the memories we shared, the bad times, the good times, but how we never ever fell out.
“Even though it’s early days there will never be one second of the day where I’m not thinking about you.
"You were an amazing person and friend.”
And Ashleigh Franklin added: “You are going to be a huge miss to everyone.
"It still doesn’t seem real but do what you do best and party on hard up there.”
On Sunday, on what would have been Ryan’s 18th birthday, his friends came together for a celebration of his life.
After the event, Amber McMann wrote on Facebook: “Just want to pay my respects to everyone who was out for Ryan Quinn’s birthday, hurt so bad that he couldn’t be with us.
"But we all managed to stay as strong as we could.”
Ryan’s death is now being investigated by the Gateshead coroner and an inquest will be held.
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