EMOTIONAL tributes have been paid to a Burton teenager who died suddenly.
The youngster, named locally as Kieran Jones, of Belvedere Road, was rushed to hospital on Monday morning with breathing problems and later passed away.
A sixth form student at de Ferrers Academy in Burton, tributes have been paid to the popular 17-year-old, who was known to his friends as ‘Kizza’ and was a fan of Arsenal Football Club.
A spokesman for Staffordshire Police told the Mail: “Police were called on Monday, January 27, at 8.50am to a report of a 17-year-old man who was having difficulty breathing.
“Officers and colleagues from the ambulance service attended and he was taken to Burton’s Queen’s Hospital, where he sadly died.”
Police said the death was not being treated as suspicious and investigations are under way.
In a statement, a spokesman for de Ferrers said: “The academy is extremely saddened by the news of Kieran’s passing. He was a wonderful student who will be deeply missed.
“Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.”
A post on Twitter from the academy’s ‘head team’ said: “Today, a member of our sixth form was taken away from us. A lovely guy, who a lot of people cared about. Never forgotten. RIP Kieran Jones.”
Many of Kieran’s friends took to the social networking site to speak of their shock at his sudden death.
Courtney Lawrence wrote: “RIP Kieran Jones, I’ve known you for life, born the same day and I can’t believe you’ve gone, so many people love and miss you.”
Robbie Bailey posted: “R.I.P Kieran Jones. My heart goes out to all those who knew and loved him well. I’m sure his memory will live on forever. “
Another said: “R.I.P Kizza loved by us all. An absolute legend and a great friend. Such a great guy, so many memories.”
Friends have also written a song in his memory, with the lyrics ‘Kizza I remember you, your laugh, your smile, and the things you used to do. ‘Kizza we will always love you, our brother, our friend, this song is for you.’
Kieran’s family were too upset to speak to the Mail at the time of going to press.