Community leaders have spoken of their shock after the death of a 15-year-old boy in a north-east village.
A police probe has been launched after the teen, a pupil at Mearns Academy, became ill at a house in Fordoun, and later died at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.
Police have described the death as “unexplained”, but said that there were no suspicious circumstances.
Emergency services were called out to the property in Fordoun in the early hours of yesterday morning.
Detective Inspector Stewart Drummond said: “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the boy at this sad time. This is a tragic incident and we are supporting the family as our inquiries progress.
“The death is being treated as unexplained but there are not thought to be any suspicious circumstances.”
The death of the boy has sparked sadness in the local community.
Councillor Jeff Hutchison, who represents the Mearns ward, said: “It is always shocking to hear news like this particularly when it is a young boy with all of his life ahead of him.
“Fordoun is a tight-knit community and locals will be grieving for the family.”
Councillor Leigh Wilson, who also represents the Mearns ward, said: “Any death is a tragedy but when the person in question is so young it obviously makes it even more difficult to digest.
“My thoughts go out to the family, and also to the fellow school pupils. It is important that the family have time to grieve the loss of their child and reflect on the tragedy that has just occurred.”
Aberdeenshire Council has also pledged to support students who may have known the teenager.
A spokesman for the council said: “Clearly this is a tragic incident which has saddened us all and our thoughts are with the young man’s family and friends at this point.
“We are putting arrangements in place to support the school community.”