Heartbroken family find boy, 10, dead in bedroom after he "slips" while playing

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A family has been left devastated at the sudden loss of their son who tragically died when he “slipped” during some spontaneous nighttime playing.

The Lyons family , from Stapleford, had just got back from a trip to Cumbria, where they had visited the Hadrian Wall, when the tragedy unfolded.

Mum Claire, 43, and dad Mike, 45, had planned a trip to Alton Towers on August 12 and had put their children 10-year-old son Issac, as well as his sisters, Grace, nine, Florence, five, and Merry, three, to bed at around 7:30pm the night before.

But they woke up the next morning to find Issac, who at the time was obsessed with Roman history, dead in his bedroom, Nottinghamshire Live reports.

But it is believed he tragically slipped and died

Mrs Lyons said: “What we think happened is he could not sleep because he was so excited. He had got up, taken off his pajamas, and dressed up as a Roman.

“It was an accident, he slipped while playing. He died instantly. How does your child die in his own bedroom and we did not know? I don’t think I will ever come to terms with this. I thought I would hear a shout.

“It was tragic and sudden.”

Issac, considered a ‘rainbow baby’ – a phrase coined for a healthy baby born after a previous miscarriage – was described as “a kind, funny, and passionate” youngster, with “an extraordinary imagination”.

The Lyons are devastated at the sudden death of their ‘superhero’ son

The St John’s C of E Primary School  student was obsessed with movies, especially Marvel films, and had written his own superhero stories.

He was also “deeply caring of others”, wanting to donate his own toys to charities he saw advertised on the television.

His grieving parents have said he has left a huge hole in their hearts and that his personality radiates around the house through the things he created, such as drawings.

Mrs Lyons said: “He had the most extraordinary imagination. He would write stories and create superheroes. He absolutely loved movies.

“The first thing our daughter Grace said is ‘he won’t be able to see the new Spiderman movie’.

“If he was interested in something it would be his whole world and he was deeply caring of others.

“If an advert for  Unicef  came on he would be in floods of tears and wanted us to give them money or he would go find a toy he could donate.”

Mr Lyons, who served in the Royal Engineers for 18 years, added: “If we wasted any food he would get upset because there was people in the world that didn’t have any. He was very thoughtful and kind.

“His future plan was to buy the house next door to ours so he could look after his grandparents and not have to move away from us.”

His wife added: “Issac is everywhere. He is on drawings, on every piece of paper, it is a constant machine gun in your head.

“He was such a good kid.”

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The mum went on: “He was playing, having fun, and then it stopped. In time that will help but now it does not. It will be a comfort that he did not suffer.

“He was our superhero. He was everything to us. It was an awful loss and a waste of a wonderful young man.”

The family said they cannot believe the amount of support they have received from the local community.

The incident happened two days before their daughter, Grace’s, ninth birthday.

“She had three cakes,” Mrs Lyons said. “We feel very cared for. We have been overwhelmed by the kindness by people who know us and people we have never met.

“I have been moved by the little things that people have said about Issac.”

His funeral will take place on September 21.

An inquest into his death has not yet been opened but a file is being prepared for the coroner.

A Justgiving page has also been set up to support the family, raising £5,000.

It will be used for a memorial plot to commemorate the life of their “beautiful boy” and to help the family as they struggle to come to terms with what has happened.

The page can be viewed here .



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