A Yeovil woman has described how her eldest son died just hours after telling her she was going to be a grandmother for the first time.
Former Westfield Academy student Paul White, 26, was rushed to Yeovil District Hospital at around 7.30pm on Sunday from Barnabas House, on Newton Road, where he lived for the past two years.
Medical staff were unable to resuscitate him and he died at around 8.45pm, a spokesman for East Somerset Coroner’s Office said.
Just hours earlier Mr White had called his mum Paula to tell her his girlfriend was five weeks’ pregnant with her first grandchild.
Mrs White, 52, said: “I had a phone call from my niece telling me someone had phoned her saying Paul had been rushed to hospital. I called them and they wanted me to go down there. My husband was away so I said I couldn’t go straightaway and they said, ‘I think it’s best to tell you that Paul has sadly passed away’.
“I feel numb. We were talking the night he died and he told me he loved me. He was with his girlfriend on Sunday and he phoned me around 5.30pm. He rang me to tell me his girlfriend was pregnant and he was really happy and wanted to come visit. That was the last word I had with him.”
Mr White, who was adopted by his parents, grew up in Whitchurch, Shropshire. The family moved to Yeovil when he was 13 to be closer to his mother’s relatives. After leaving school, he did various jobs such as painting and decorating, landscaping and window cleaning.
Mrs White added: “He was fun loving, cheeky. He liked walking and going up to the old ski slope with his brother Robert who is 13.
“He had a heart of gold. He would do anything for anybody. I always said he was being used but he said, ‘you can’t hurt people’s feelings’.
“We idolised him. He was the most wonderful person. He will be missed, so very much.”
Mr White’s girlfriend Kelly Louise Stacey, 22, described him as her “inspiration”.
She added: “He is my heart, my saviour, my peace, my love, my inspiration. He keeps me alive and I love him so much.”
A spokesman for South Western Ambulance Service confirmed they were called at around 7.30pm to an address on Newton Road.
A spokesman for Avon and Somerset police said: “On Sunday evening, police were alerted to a death at Yeovil District Hospital. We’ve investigated the death and, although a post mortem is yet to take place, it is not being treated as suspicious and has been referred to the coroner.”
A spokesman for the coroner confirmed an inquest has been opened and adjourned.
Mr White’s funeral will take place on Friday, November 16, from 2.40pm at Yeovil Crematorium. A wake will be held in the Royal British Legion, on Preston Road, following the service.
His remains will then be taken to Shropshire to be buried alongside his Nanny White whom he adored.
His family has requested donations to be made in lieu of flowers to Turning Point, Yeovil, which may be sent c/o A J Wakely & Sons, 33 Sparrow Road, Yeovil, BA21 4BT. Contact 01935 479913.