A talented teenage rugby player died four days after being found unconscious in bed at his Birmingham home.
Aaron Boyce, who was rising through the ranks at Moseley Rugby Club, had been taking medication for epilepsy and was coming to terms with the condition in order to pursue his ambitions.
The 16-year-old had felt unwell for several weeks and had gained weight as a result of his medication. His mother Vicky Halls said her son had been "really scared" and complained that he did not feel right.
"He was getting really worried, he said to me he was really scared. He was so worried he slept in my bedroom and said his body just didn't feel right," she said.
"We don't know how he died, we are waiting for someone to tell us but as our doctor said a 16-year-old fit lad doesn't just die."
Ms Halls said her son had been watching the Champions League football final on Wednesday with his father Mark and 20-year-old brother Ben.
Five minutes after he went to bed, his father checked on him to find him lying on his bed with his head on the floor. He was taken to Selly Oak Hospital but did not regain consciousness and died on Sunday. Tests are being carried out to establish the cause of death and an inquest is likely to be held.
Aaron was due to join the under-19 Colts team later this year after a successful stint as flanker in the mini and junior teams. A keen sportsman, he also played golf, football and had taken up Thai boxing.
His mother was also a former rugby player and his brother and father play at flanker for Selly Oak RFC.
Aaron, who was studying art at Stratford College and was a former pupil of St Thomas Aquinas in Kings Norton, also excelled in the arts.
He had started selling his paintings and some of his works adorn the family home.
His parents said they had urged consultants at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital who had been treating Aaron to see the teenager after they became unhappy with his reaction to his medication. He was due to meet doctors next week.
Ms Halls said she did not believe Aaron had died as a result of an epileptic fit as there were no symptoms of an attack, such as foaming at the mouth and movement of the body, when he was discovered.
She said Aaron was diagnosed with epilepsy 12 months ago after he began having fits while on holiday in Cornwall.
"We were going camping for six days but he started having fits and we ended up in Truro Hospital. Ever since he has been having fits. It was horrific. He was a big lad so he would often hurt himself while having a fit," she explained.
Aaron gave up rugby while he came to terms with the condition but decided to return after the club asked him to play again.
"He was quite pragmatic about it and the club were desperate for him to play so he decided he would go back," she said.
"He had a good life and did a lot for a boy of 16. He surfed in Cornwall every year since he was born, did many sports like golf, football and rugby and took up Thai boxing.
"He was also quite caring, charitable and thoughtful. He used to walk an elderly neighbour's dog and clean her drive for her.
"He was a shy boy but his teachers thought he was brilliant."
Aaron began playing rugby at Moseley at the age of nine. Former coach Bob Brown who saw him rise through the ranks, paid tribute to him yesterday.
"I coached him for quite a few years. He was ill about a year ago but wanted to come back and play as soon as he was better. He was a good lad and a terrific tackler. He tackled me a few times in training and I still felt it a few days later."