Floral tributes have been laid after a 14-year-old boy died suddenly while out with friends.
Police and paramedics were called after the teenager, named locally as Zaine Grieve, had fallen ill.
Good Samaritans also rushed to his aid, however, he couldn’t be saved and died a short time later on Saturday night.
Yesterday people appeared at the scene, Schoolhill Drive on Portlethen, to pay tribute to the Portlethen Academy pupil, with flowers and candles left in tribute.
Police urged motorists in the area to take care due to the number of people who were there to pay their respects.
Emergency crews were called at around 11pm on Saturday. Officers put a cordon in place at the scene – with two officers standing guard – until around 1pm yesterday and traffic diversions were in place. Police said inquiries were at an early stage but there were no suspicious circumstances.
North Kincardine councillor Alison Evison said: “This loss is truly devastating. My thoughts are with the family and friends whose suffering will be beyond words, and with everyone in the Portlethen Academy community who will be deeply saddened.
“I really appreciate the work that the police and academy are doing to give support to everyone.”
Fellow North Kincardine Councillor Ian Mollison said the community was in shock.
He added: “It is absolutely dreadful to hear what has happened.
“My heart goes out to the family and friends of the teenager. To lose someone at such an early age makes your heart sink.
“I can’t imagine what his family are going through. The boy had his whole life ahead of him and it has been taken from him too soon.”
Police said officers attended following reports the boy had fallen ill.
A Police Scotland spokesman added: “Sadly, and despite the best efforts of passers-by 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.”