The family of a 20-year-old found dead at his home have paid tribute to a “big-hearted, amazing young man.”
Joshua Green was found dead at his Rishton home by his brother Rick Holbrook on Wednesday, July 27.
The cause of death is yet to be established but Lancashire Police said there are no suspicious circumstances and a file has been passed to the coroner’s office.
Brother Rick Holbrook, who also lives in Rishton, said that his death had come as a complete shock.
He said: “Everything was fine, he was talking to his friends, they were on about getting a flat together.
“He was a bright lad, he had a bright future. His friend base was massive, so many people have texted me saying how much they liked him. It’s just totally out of the blue. We just don’t understand it.
“There were no signs that he was going to do what he did.”
Joshua was born and grew up in Rishton, attending St Peter and St Paul’s Church of England Primary School, and later Norden High School.
After leaving school he worked as a farm hand but had a keen interest in computers and joined Blackburn College to study for an extended diploma in IT.
At the college he was appointed to their board of governors – the ‘corporation board’ – in October 2015, where he served on the audit committee.
Joshua had enjoyed playing football with his friends, as well as taking the family dog for walks, and he had recently visited Blackpool with a group of friends.
Rick said: “He was a sensible, bonny lad, one that you would never think this would happen to. He was always laughing, always smiling, always pleasant. He was an amazing young man with a big heart – beautiful inside and out. He was loved by everyone he met and he’s going to be dearly missed.”
Police were called to the property on Knowles Street at around 7.40pm on Wednesday, July 27, to reports of a sudden death.
Joshua leaves his brother Rick, mother Janet, sister Michelle and her husband Steven. His funeral will be held at St Peter’s and St Paul church in Rishton on Monday, August 22 at 11am. Family flowers only, with donations to the Royal British Legion.
An inquest will take place on October 20 at Blackburn Coroners Court.