Family devastated as dad is found dead

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A MAN found dead at home has been described as ‘one-of-a-kind’ by his devastated son.

Police are investigating the unexplained death of Mick Grayken, 58, after he was found slumped behind his front door.

Friends raised the alarm on Monday afternoon after calling to pick him up for the funeral of Chorley musician, Psychedelic Sid at Charnock Richard Crematorium.

Forensic teams were called to the address in Cotswold Avenue and police were yesterday waiting for the results of a post-mortem examination to establish the cause of death.

The bricklayer’s son, Kyle, told the Guardian: “He was a unique character and anyone who met him loved him.

“He was as daft as a brush and had such a dry sense of humour - nobody could make me laugh the way he could.

“He was a truly amazing dad and we are in shock at what has happened.”

Kyle said his father had been good friends with Sid, who was a popular guitarist, and had been due to go to his funeral.

He added: “He thought a lot of Sid and he used to send me down to check on him.

“His friends had gone to pick him up for the funeral when they found him.

“My dad was a good bloke. He was very popular and loved by all – no-one had a bad word to say about him.

“We are all devastated about what’s happened and are going to miss him.”

Kyle said his family was still coming to terms with the death of his sister Michelle, 28, two years ago.

He added: “It’s sad to think that he died alone, but it gives me comfort that him and Michelle are back together.

“They were like two peas in a pod and had the same character.”

Joining the tributes, Mick’s brother, builder Steve Grayken added: “He was a real character.

“We can’t get our head around it. He was my only brother.”

Neighbours reported seeing two police cars and a van arrive at the ground floor flat in Cotswold Avenue just after 2pm on Monday.

Forensics teams were later called in and investigators, wearing white suits, were seen entering the property.

It remained taped off yesterday and two police officers were standing guard.

Mark Hale, who lives opposite the address, said: “I saw the police turn up and go into the flat.

“Forensics went in later and police officers were stood outside all night and have been there all morning.”

Neighbour Vicki Edwards, 44, added: “We saw the police and they called at our house and told us they were investigating an unexplained death.

“The crime scene investigators were called and we saw them going in to the house wearing white suits.”

A spokesman for Chorley Community Housing (CCH), which owns the property, said: “As far as we are aware the tenant of this property lived alone.

“The police have retained the keys to the property and, as is normal procedure in cases such as this, we will assist them in any way we can.”

Lancashire Police said the death of the father-of-two was being treated as ‘unexplained.’ and they were waiting for the results of a post-mortem examination in order to establish a cause of death.

They added: “We are treating the death of a 58-year-old man as unexplained.

“Formal identification is still to take place.”