A devastated father-of-two took his own life just weeks after his own dad suddenly died, leaving their family completely heartbroken.
Nicky Larkin was discovered dead near a stables in Bridgend, south Wales, where he would take his daughter for horse riding lessons on October 23.
The 29-year-old, who had been suffering from depression, struggled to cope after his father Roy, 64, died in August, according to WalesOnline.
Julie Larkin, Nicky’s distraught mother, said her son idolised his father and even worked as a plasterer like him.
She told The Mirror that her son, who adored his children, had not been “right” since his father’s death.
Julie described her son as “the most loving” and “hardworking” man she knew, who struggled with mental health issues that worsened after her husband of 37 years died.
The 57-year-old told The Mirror that there had been no indication Nicky would commit suicide and that he would frequently walk by the farm on weekends with his daughter Katie, son Tommy, and partner Sian.
‘He was a lovely, lovely boy,’ Julie, who has three other children, said. A joyous man, a selfless man, and an incredibly hard worker. He adored his children and his extended family. He was extremely well-liked.’
She added: ‘As a family we lived a very normal life before Roy’s death. Everything was great. We had our problems but we worked through them. But everything has changed.’
The family is concerned about how they will pay for Nicky’s funeral, so shortly after Roy’s.
The Eden, a Bridgend nightclub, will host an event on November 11 with all proceeds going to Nicky’s funeral.
Alisha Harris and Stevie Hoey, family friends, have organized an online fundraiser.
Alisha Julie and her family “don’t deserve this,” she said, adding that she wanted to give Nicky “the best send off there is.”
She said: ‘This family has been through enough, and funerals cost money. A lot of money especially to give Nicky Larkin what he deserved.
‘He was hard working boy from a young age, who literally had his entire life ahead of him.
‘He was always speaking down the school with other parents and I’ve heard them speak of how much of a dedicated dad he was to them two beautiful kids that he’s sadly left behind.’