A couple who had recently started dating have been found dead together at home.
Tony Lightburn was found dead at his Newcastle home, alongside girlfriend Rachel Wiszniewska, last Saturday morning.
Police are not treating their deaths as suspicious, and relatives are now making arrangements for their funerals, Chronicle Live reports.
Loved ones of Rachel, 36, have launched a fundraising drive to raise cash for her send-off.
And today a life-long pal of Tony, 35, paid tribute to her childhood friend, and told how happy he had seemed with his new partner.
Hayley Murray, who met Tony when they were at school together, said: "They hadn’t been together very long but she seemed like a lovely girl and they both seemed really really happy together.
"I was buzzing for him. It’s such a shame."
Taxi driver Tony grew-up in the Deckham area of Gateshead, with parents Lyn and Wizz and brother Chris.
Tattoo artist, Hayley, 36, said he had always been a big character.
"I have known him since primary school, we grew-up together.
"He was as daft as a brush, he was a little tinker, but me and him were always the ones that stuck-up for one another.
"With him being mixed race he got a little bit of stick in the 80s, but he gave as good as he got.
"I only met Rachel once but she seemed lovely."
Emergency services were called to Tony’s home, on Monkchester Road in Walker.
Rachel and Tony were pronounced dead at the scene.
Police say they do not believe anyone else was involved, and officers prepared a report for the coroner.
A Northumbria Police spokeswoman said: "At 9.43am on Saturday we received a report of concern for welfare for two people.
"Police and emergency services attended the address where they found an unresponsive male and female.
"The 35-year-old man and the 36-year-old woman were pronounced dead at the scene.
"Their families are being supported by specially-trained officers at this difficult time.
"There is not believed to be any third party involvement. A report has been prepared for the coroner."
Tony’s funeral will be held at 10.15am on Friday at Newcastle’s West Road Cemetery and will be followed by a wake at the P.T.E. Club in Byker.
Meanwhile, tributes have been paid to Rachel online.
Jaz Holder, has set-up a fundraising page on Facebook.
He wrote: "As most of you know we have lost two very special people this week and already we now need to start thinking about a funeral.
"If you can give anything small or large it would be totally appreciated.
"This is a shock to the full family and we were never prepared for this. So we need to gather some funds if you can help."
So far more than £1,000 has been donated.
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