A HEARTBROKEN mum who lost her 24-year-old son to drink and drugs has spoken of his "wasted life".
Anthony Macmillan, known as Tony, was taken to the Royal Blackburn Hospital after collapsing at his girlfriend’s house in Church but later died of a suspected overdose.
Until recently he lived with his mum Margaret, 50, in Grasmere Close, Huncoat, but he had spent the last few months staying with friends and his sister.
His devastated mum said: "It is a wasted life.
"Tony had been on drugs in the past but had started a rehabilitation programme in March and seemed to be getting better – then this happened.
"I was working nights when the police came. They told me there was no easy way to say it but Tony had died. They didn’t tell me much else. They said they thought drink and drugs were involved and that an inquest would have to be held.
"The family haven’t taken it very well. I’m just walking around like it’s all a bad dream. It doesn’t seem to have sunk in. It will probably hit me at his funeral."
Tony was a regular attender at Maundy Grange on Abbey Street, Accrington, and loved spending time with his nieces and nephews.
He worked as a self-employed gardener and enjoyed playing snooker at the Brooks Club in Accrington.
His mum added: "He never really held a job down.
"We were close. It was an instant giveaway that he was on drugs but I don’t know what he used to take. He was really withdrawn and kept himself to himself."
Tony leaves parents Archie and Margaret, brothers Shaun, Stuart and Michael and sisters Sharlene and Deborah.
His funeral will be held today (Friday) when Mr Eddie Joyce will conduct a humanist service at Accrington Crem-atorium followed by burial at Accrington Cemetery.
The arrangements are being carried out by Hyndburn Funeral Services.