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Tributes to Liam Kavanagh who died at Whitstable railway station

The family of a doting father-of-two who died at Whitstable railway station say he was a “loving young man with a big heart”.

Liam Kavanagh, 31, was pronounced dead at the scene when emergency crews were called to Station Road shortly after 10pm on Sunday night.

Dozens of tributes have been left on the platform in memory of the football fan, including the shirt of his beloved Chelsea FC.

Tributes left to Liam Kavanagh at Whitstable railway station
Tributes left to Liam Kavanagh at Whitstable railway station

His family say his tragic death has left a void in the life of his two young children, Albie, nine, and four-year-old Chelsea.

Albie wrote on the football shirt: “To dad, I will never forget you. I love you so much. Love your shining son.”

Labourer Liam, who lived in Ivy House Road, Whitstable, grew up in Medway and went to the Temple School for Boys in Strood.

As well as football, he enjoyed singing and dancing, but his biggest love was his two children.

Sister Ella Kavanagh said: “Liam was a happy, loving young man with a big heart and someone who would always be there for others if he could.

Liam's son wrote on a Chelsea shirt left at the scene
Liam's son wrote on a Chelsea shirt left at the scene

“He touched the lives of everyone who met him.

“Liam has left a void in the life of everyone who knew him, especially his two children, who thought the world of him. He is now at rest.”

His mother, Jackie Kavanagh, added: “Words cannot describe how I am feeling. You will always be my baby boy Liam. Sleep tight my darling.

“No one can hurt you now. Mummy will always love you.

“Liam was a happy, loving young man with a big heart and someone who would always be there for others if he could" - Ella Kavanagh

“God bless my handsome man.”

Liam is understood to have taken his own life, but was not struck by a train.

Tributes have been paid to Liam Kavanagh (1710805)
Tributes have been paid to Liam Kavanagh (1710805)

British Transport Police are not treating his death as suspicious and a report has been passed to the coroner.

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