THE parents of a "fit and healthy" 21-year-old who died in his sleep have spoken of their heartache.
Andrew Carter was found dead in his bed at the family home in Dunster Avenue, Oswaldtwistle, last Tuesday.
His devastated parents Stephen and Janet have paid tribute to their "happy-go-lucky" son, who was "the life and soul of the party".
Janet said: "He was always smiling. He was a star. He has left a big gap in our lives and we will miss him like hell."
They said that Andrew had complained of a headache on Monday but otherwise appeared to be fine and had eaten during the day.
Janet said: "I thought he had had too much sun at the weekend. It was such a shock. We are devastated. He has never been ill, he was a big healthy lad.
"He said he was having an early night on Monday and then his alarm went off the next morning and when it wasn't switched off we knew something was wrong."
Stephen added: "He had never been off work, he was a fit lad who worked 10 and 12 hour days, six days a week."
Andrew, a plumber and glazier, worked alongside his dad in the family business Victoria Glass in Accrington and was popular with both work colleagues and customers.
Stephen said: "We do a lot of work at schools and we have had a lot of cards from headteachers. He was a popular lad and doing the job we do he met a lot of people and touched a lot of people. We have not heard a bad word about him."
Andrew also leaves a sister Melanie, 24, who lives with her partner Dave and children Callum, four, and Ellie, two, and a brother Jack, nine.
The family, who have received more than 200 sympathy cards and countless floral tributes, said that Andrew's many friends have been very supportive.
Janet said: "We did not realise how many people knew him and loved him. It has helped getting so many cards and flowers. It has been a comfort to us that he was so well liked."
Andrew, who attended West End Primary School, Oswaldtwistle, St Christ-opher's High School, Accrington, and Blackburn College, was a football fan and often went to watch Blackburn Rovers and Accrington Stanley.
Stephen's friends are hoping to get Stanley shirts made with Carter 66 - Andrew's favourite number - on the back, to wear for the Reds' first match of the season against Chester.
Stephen added: "He also liked his car and his gadgets and his clothes, he spent his money and he enjoyed it and he has lived life to the full."
The funeral service was due to take place yesterday afternoon at Accrington Crematorium and Victoria Glass closed for the day as a mark of respect.
Andrew's coffin was to be carried by his friends and his parent's had a copy of his personalised number plate - a gift for his 21st birthday - made to place on his coffin.
An inquest into Andrew's death has been opened and adjourned and the family have been told that the cause of his death is inconclusive. Stephen said: "It is heartbreaking not knowing."