‘He was a hard-working, proud man’: Tragedy as young father dies in his sleep

Steven Brown with his children Sam, 13, Hannah, 11 and seven-year-old Katie

Steven Brown with his children Sam, 13, Hannah, 11 and seven-year-old Katie

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The heartbroken family of a young father who died suddenly have been overwhelmed by a wave of public generosity.

Steven Brown had plans to convert the garage of the family home into a bedroom for his son Sam when he died in his sleep on Sunday, May 24.

We thought we had lots of time to do things but our future has been snatched away. I miss him so much.

Michelle Figg, Steven’s partner

But after a crowdfunding page was set up in the wake of the tragedy, kind hearted friends, family and members of the public donated nearly £2,000 to help the devoted father-of-three’s idea become a reality.

Steven’s parter Michelle Figg said: “I am so touched by everyone’s generosity.

I am overwhelmed. We promised our daughter her own bedroom before September, when she starts secondary school.

“Steven was a hard-working, proud man who worked 12 hour days, six days a week.

“We thought we had lots of time to do things but our future has been snatched away. I miss him so much.”

Michelle described how she had left Steven asleep in the bedroom of their home in Catherine Close, Woodhall Farm, Hemel Hempstead so he could enjoy his usual Sunday morning lie-in after working hard all week.

The 33-year-old said: “He went to bed Saturday night fine and even woke up Sunday morning, then he fell back asleep and I could not wake him up again.”

Michelle dialled 999 before paramedics and an air ambulance rushed to help, but sadly Steven could not be resuscitated.

The car body fitter leaves his beloved children, 13-year-old Sam, 10-year-old Hannah and Katie, seven.

Michelle’s mum Adele, 55, who initially set up the fundraising page, said Steven wanted to give Sam and Hannah their own space to study now they were getting more homework.

She said:“Steven was a very kind, helpful and loving person.

“He was thoughtful and would have helped anyone who needed it.

“Steven loved his family and his children unconditionally.”

To donate, visit the crowdfunding page here.

The cause of Steven’s death remains undetermined at this time while further tests are run.