TRIBUTES have poured in for a Cudworth man who was found dead in his flat a week after he was last seen alive..
Ricki Gillatt, 36, was found dead in his flat on May 20 an inquest is expected to held into the circumstances around his death.
Described as an incredible family man, Ricki had previously worked as a chef but had suffered from mental health issues and hadn’t been working.His brother, 26-year-old Callum Redmile, said: “He was a really loving and caring person.
“He would always try to his best for the family. He loved his mum, sister, brother and his niece and nephew. He also loved his dogs Marley and Zara to pieces, they were his his world.
“Ricki suffered with mental health and depression.
“Every time when I went to see him, he would hide it from me for some reason but he would always open up to my mum.
“We currently don’t know what happened as we are waiting for results which will come in ten to 12 weeks.
“I think we will have to go to Sheffield Coroners’ Court for that.
“He was found in his flat in Cudworth and we’ve been told he was there for at least one week.
“We did try to go down several times to check on him but we all just thought he needed his space like he normally does every so often.”
Ricki’s death comes just months after the family lost their dad, Haz Redmile.
“We are all very saddened by his death and still in deep shock,” Callum added.
“It was only 15 months ago when we lost our father and we can’t believe we lost another family member.”
Callum and his mum had previously tried to help Ricki in a number of ways, but he admits he felt let down by local authorities.
“We are all devastated by it, we all told him that he needed to stop drinking but he just wouldn’t listen,” he said.
“My mum even tried to get him sanctioned but because he said he had no next of kin, it meant the hospital couldn’t do anything.
“We just wished the police would have listened to us and did a welfare check on him as we asked several times without success.”
A fundraiser has been set up by Callum in the hopes that £3,000 will be raised to help fund his funeral.
So far, dozens of donations have flown in and the family have received more than £1,000.
Callum added: ” We are very grateful with how much we have reached so far.
“When I set it up, I thought we might get few hundred pounds but not this much.
“We are asking for any help that anyone could give.
“Any small donation will go a long way to helping us give our brother the send-off he deserves.”
Ricki leaves his mum Della, brothers Callum and Nathan, and sister, Zadie.
Donations can be made here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/rickis-funeral-fund
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