A HEARTBROKEN mother has paid tribute to her “angel” son after he was found dead in a Blackpool flat.
Damian Baxter, 33, from Redcar Road, North Shore, was discovered in a flat on King George Avenue on September 5.
Today his mother, Jane Baxter, 69, who was at her home in the Loire Valley, France, when she heard the news, has spoken of her son’s popularity in Blackpool.
She said: “He was my angel boy.
“We moved here when he was nine and he had lived in Blackpool for more than 20 years.
“He was well known and hundreds of people knew him.”
Mr Baxter worked as a doorman in Blackpool for 10 years for Northern Security Services.
He remained with the company until a year ago when he left to work elsewhere, and the circumstances leading up to his death are unclear.
Police are not treating Mr Baxter’s death as suspicious, but an inquest will be carried out.
Mrs Baxter added: “He was a good man and always a good boy.
“He would never hurt anyone and he wasn’t into anything serious.
“We don’t understand what has happened.”
Tributes have also been made to Mr Baxter by family and friends on Facebook.
A group entitled ‘RIP Damian Baxter’ currently has 738 members and was used to organise an auction on Sunday to help raise money for the funeral at the Ramsden Arms on Talbot Road, Blackpool.
One tribute from Elsie Louise Bryer-Jones said: “RIP hun, so sad. Was so upset when Kerry told me you had died.
“Got some great memories with you, like I said mate, rest in peace. x x x”
Suzanne Strother added: “I remember you in school drama classes keeping us entertained. Rip mate xx”
Kerry Shoesmith said: “Sleep tite m8 until we meet agen god rest ya soul RIP.