Friends and family have paid tribute to popular Louth man Joshua Spowage, who tragically died over the weekend at the age of 24 after taking his own life.
Joshua, a qualified hairdresser who worked at Linzi’s Hair Salon in Louth, died on Saturday morning (April 26) after spending five days in a coma at Lincoln County Hospital.
His flatmates discovered him in a serious condition at his new home in Lincoln on Monday April 21, and tried to resuscitate him.
Joshua’s parents, Will and Liz Hart, paid tribute to their popular and well-loved son.
Mr Hart said: “Joshua was a lovely, happy boy. He had so many friends and was loved by so many people.
“He got on with everybody, and was always the life and soul of the party.
“We want people to remember him, and do what they can to help keep his memory alive.
“I want to thank Joshua’s flatmates for trying to save him, and I would also like to thank the brilliant staff at Lincoln County Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit - particularly Helen, Bill and Amy - who were fantastic with both Joshua and our family.
“I also want to say thank you to the Pocklington family, who have been dropping off boxes of food to help us out while we’ve been at the hospital. Finally, I want to give a mention to three of Joshua’s friends from work: Lindsey, Claire and Julie.”
As a youngster, Joshua was a keen ballet dancer and almost landed the top role in the ‘Billy Elliot’ film, getting through to the final stages of the auditions.
He performed in stage production ‘Babe The Sheep Pig’ at Nottingham Royal Theatre at the age of seven.
After spending the first 11 years of his life in Nottingham, Joshua moved with his family to Withern near Louth in 2001. Joshua attended John Spendluffe Technology College in Alford and became a dedicated hairdresser, who got his first job at Bonkers Hairdressers in Louth at the age of 16.
Joshua went on to work full-time at Hair Perfection, before moving to Salon One, which later became Linzi’s Salon.
Lindsey Thomas, manager at Linzi’s Salon, said: “To us, Josh was more than a colleague; he was our friend.
“He was an integral part of the salon and he will be sadly missed by his customers and us. It really won’t be the same without his constant prank-playing and warm cheeky smile. He is loved by us all.”
Former colleague Helen Richardson, who worked with Joshua at the salon for a year, added: “He was a pleasure to work with, and brightened up my Fridays with his cheeky grin. We will miss him, and salon wont be same without him.”
The Scene, a bar and nightclub in Lincoln that Joshua frequently attended, have set up a small shrine in his memory called “Joshua’s Corner” for his friends to leave messages, and also make donations towards a wreath.
Funeral arrangements have yet to be confirmed, but Joshua’s family have asked that any donations in his memory go to Cancer Research UK. Visit www.cancerresearchuk.org to make a donation in Joshua’s memory.