A "SOCIABLE" and family orientated 31-year-old man who "always had a cheeky smile on his face" has died.

Ben Higginson, who lived in Leigh, passed away suddenly at his flat on Sunday.

His family have been left "devastated" by his death.

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His dad Brian's partner Janine said: "Ben was always friendly and had a cheeky smile on his face.

"He was bubbly and always up for a laugh.

"Ben was really sociable, talked to everyone and liked to help other people.

"He had his own flat but he would always come round to see us.

"We are all devastated.

"Brian is obviously very shocked and heartbroken."

In his younger years, Ben enjoyed cycling and completed charity rides from Manchester to Blackpool.

A GoFundMe crowdfunding page has been set by to help Ben's family with the cost of his funeral.

To donate to the page click here.