The family of a popular north-east teen have today told of their ‘devastation’ after he died at the weekend.
Zaine Grieve died suddenly while out with friends in Portlethen on Saturday.
They have also thanked passersby who tried their best to help the 14-year-old.
In a statement Zaine’s family said: “We have been left absolutely devastated by the death of Zaine who was a much-loved son and brother.
“Zaine was extremely popular and will be missed by all his family and many friends.
“We would like to thank the passersby who stopped and tried their best to save Zaine’s life, as well as the emergency services who attended.
“We would also like to thank everyone who has sent us messages of support.”
Yesterday people left flowers and candles at the scene, in Schoolhill Drive, to pay tribute to the Portlethen Academy pupil.
Police said officers attended following reports the boy had fallen ill.
A Police Scotland spokesman added: “Sadly, and despite the best efforts of passersby and the emergency services, the 14-year-old died a short time later.”
Inspector Darren Bruce added: “First and foremost our thoughts are with the boy’s family as this extremely tragic and sad time. Inquiries are at an early stage to establish the exact circumstances surrounding his death.
“As is the case with all sudden deaths a report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal in due course.”
He added: “As part of our inquiries, there will be a police presence in the area as information is gathered.
“I would like to thank the community for your patience and understanding while this is carried out.”