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Tributes to ‘brilliant’ man who died after thinking he had ‘heartburn’



Tributes have flooded in for a “brilliant” 30-year-old man who sadly passed away after a battle with cancer.

Mike Edwards died earlier this week after being diagnosed with cancer last year after initially experienced symptoms of a mild cough which wouldn’t go away on its own.

Mike was told at the time by NHS staff he had heartburn and indigestion and he was prescribed some Gaviscon tablets which appeared to help his symptoms subside.

However, Mike began to experience difficulties swallowing and was later diagnosed with a cancer called adenocarcinoma in his throat.

He was referred to a specialist cancer centre, where the results of further scans confirmed the disease had also spread to his lymph nodes, stomach and spine.

It was here Mike, from Saltney, was given the devastating news that the cancer was terminal and he could have just 12 months left to live, according to Liverpool Echo.

Mike died earlier this week and leaves behind his mum Diane and brother Chris. Tributes have poured for the former footballer and coach, describing Mike as “an amazing lad”.

In a tribute on their Facebook page, Saltney Town FC said: “We’ve had the devastating news that our beloved friend Mike Edwards has passed away following his brave fight with cancer. An inspiration over these last six months, you’ll forever be remembered Eddy.

“Our thoughts are with your family and many friends. RIP Mike.”

Saltney Town FC secretary Marc Edwards told NorthWalesLive just how popular Mike was at the club.

Marc Edwards said: “He was just an amazing lad. Running a club like ours, it’s not just about playing it’s all the extras that come with running a club – if anything needed doing Mike would be the first person offering to help.

“He was just brilliant and he’ll be such a huge loss. I know all the kids will be gutted and absolutely everyone at the club will be – he was such a huge part of this club.”

Gresford Athletic FC posted on Twitter: “RIP Mike. Condolences to his family, friends and everybody associated with the club.”

Former Rhyl and Flint Town United manager and current Runcorn Town boss Niall McGuinness said: “God bless. Thoughts are with family and friends.”

Cefn Albion FC manager Sean Jones said: “RIP Mike. Thoughts are with the family and loved ones.”

Cefn Druids futsal coach Richie Jones added: “Thoughts are with Mike’s family and the Saltney family. Mike was a great futsal keeper and an even better guy, both Saltney and Mike were a huge part of the development of futsal in North Wales.”

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