The father of a Blackpool teenager who vanished without trace six years ago has tragically died without ever learning the fate of his missing daughter.
Frank Chivers, 49, collapsed outside his Layton home and died later in hospital.
His heartbroken family today told The Gazette he was never able to get over the disappearance of his 15-year-old daughter Paige.
She went missing in 2007.
Despite a major police hunt the former Montgomery High school pupil has never been found.
Mr Chivers’ mother Dorothy said her son collapsed while moving out of his flat in Walter Robinson Court, Layton, on Sunday.
She said: “Frank was moving stuff out of his flat, so he could move in with us when he collapsed.
“His friend Sharon called an ambulance but he died a short time later at Blackpool Victoria Hospital at 11.30pm.
“We have no idea what he has died from. We are waiting for the result of the post mortem. Frank was never the same after Paige disappeared. His heart was broken. It’s devastating to think he will never find out what happened to her. I am just glad he wasn’t on his own.
“Without Sharon it could have been days before anyone found him. We can’t thank her enough.”
A cause of death has yet to be established and a post mortem examination ordered by Blackpool Coroner Alan Wilson is expected to take place this week.
Paige, who would now be 21, went missing just months after her mother Shelia died.
She had an argument with her father prior to her disappearance and was last seen boarding the number 11 bus on Ashfield Road, near to the then family home in Bispham, on August 23, 2007.
Her family have put out numerous appeals through the media since she vanished after leaving her home on Longford Avenue.
Mrs Chivers, 74, of Collins Avenue, Bispham said: “Frank never coped with what happened to Paige.
“He didn’t deal with his grief very well, he never talked about it or opened up.
“We’ve never ever heard anything from Paige. No one has any idea where she is.”
Paige’s family circulated her picture and description on television screens in GP and hospital waiting rooms across the country as well as appearing in more than 1,000 high street stores.
But as yet, there have been no more than a few unconfirmed sightings.
Mrs Chivers said the family was devastated by Paige’s father’s death.
She added: “Frank was a roofer for many years and he really loved his work. He was cheeky and had a good sense of humour. He enjoyed fishing with his friends and he was always really helpful. Obviously, we are devastated to have lost him. We have no idea where Paige is but now she has lost both of her parents. We want her to know we still love her and want her to come home.”
Anyone with information about Paige should call Lancashire Police on 101.