A teenager tragically died on a lad’s holiday in Spain after slipping into a diabetic coma.
Now heartbroken friends and family of 18-year-old Billy Black have set up a fundraiser to bring his body back home.
The Daily Record reports that Billy, from Edinburgh died in Benidorm on Monday. Friends said he suffered from diabetes and believe the illness caused his death.
They set up the Go Fund me page on Tuesday night and, within 12 hours, had smashed their £5000 target to get his body home.
On the page, his grief stricken family said: “Sadly on the 8th of October, 2018, our beloved son, brother, uncle, nephew was taken from us while he was on holiday in Benidorm.
“Billy had diabetes type 1 and unfortunately didn’t look after his body like he should have.
Friends said Billy suffered from diabetes and believe the illness caused his death
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"At such a sad and devastating time we are trying to raise funds to bring Billy home to where he belongs with his family in Edinburgh.
"We ask for any donations or spare change you have to help us bring him home to his family!”
Pal Dawid Lokietek, who set up the page, said he would keep the page open for as long as possible.
He wrote: “Reached our goal in under 12 hours. I’ll let it keep going so that we can get as much money as possible to get Billy back home to his family and give him the send-off that he deserves.
“There isn’t words in this world that can explain how thankful I am to everyone who donated. I love you all.”
His sister Ashleigh asked her Facebook friends to help contribute and described her brother as “my best friend for ever and ever”.
A friend, who asked not to be named, said: “Billy was a great wee guy. He loved life and lived it to the full. He was close to his family and they are devastated. We all are. He was not as vigilant as he should have been with his condition but nobody can believe he’s gone.”
Tributes have been posted on social media to Billy from friends.
Holly Robertson said: “Fly high Billy black. you will be missed by so many I new you from when you where a tot. I always got a ‘hi’ and ‘how’s the family’ when I saw you walking past. One more been taking to soon from us all gone but never forgotten R.I.P Billy Black.”
Regan Lockhart wrote: “Can’t believe what a cruel and wicked world we live in today.
He was the nicest guy you could meet and be around. RIP Billy, Gone But Never Forgotten.”
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