12:20pm Thursday 14th March 2013
FRIENDS of James Brown, who died last Wednesday, have described him as a fun-loving guy who lived life to the full.
The body of James, better known to his friends as Brownie, was found in Shaftesbury Woods, in Nythe, by a dog walker.
Wiltshire Police officers were called shortly after 11.40am to reports of a body being discovered in the wooded area off The Drive.
Flowers and letters have been left close to the area and friends who have been left shocked by his death, have spoken of how he was loved by so many.
Family friend Jenna Palmer said: “James, or Brownie as I called him, was a wonderful, funny and loving person.
“We had been friends for years and although we may not have seen each other all the time I still consider him one of my best friends.
“He was the life and soul of any party or gathering and would always be cracking jokes.
“That’s how I want people to remember him, not by how it ended but by how he lived his life, bouncing from one day to the next.
“He is going to be missed by all of those who knew him and I, for one, am certainly going to miss his smile.”
Another friend, who wished to remain anonymous, gathered together some messages from Brownie’s friends and said that many people had taken to social networking site Facebook to pay their respects.
She said: “He was loved by many, everyone is truly shocked and devastated by his passing. Most people remember him making us laugh.
“An old, close friend spoke of a fond memory when he tried to teach her how to skateboard and always made sure she laughed when she fell over so she didn’t cry – he was considerate like that.
“He was a great laugh and an amazing person, it was great knowing him.
“He was truly one of a kind and a legend in my eyes. He made everyone laugh and will be deeply missed.”
The death is not being treated as suspicious and a report is now being compiled for the Wiltshire and Swindon coroner.
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