A ‘fit and healthy’ young man has died in his sleep just days before his 22nd birthday.
Rickson ‘Ricko’ Williams, from the Queensland town of Wallaville, went to bed on January 11 and tragically never woke up.
Mr Williams’ shattered family say he may have died from an undiagnosed heart condition, though his cause of death remains unknown.
Rickson ‘Ricko’ Williams (pictured left with him mum Tanya Wright) died suddenly in his sleep just days out from his 22nd birthday.
‘This is not a post I was expecting to write but it’s nonetheless one that has to be written,’ Ms Wright wrote on Facebook the day after his death.
‘Anyone who knew us, knew how much Rickson meant to us and how much this loss will affect our lives and our family.’
She recently told the Townsville Bulletin doctors discovered Mr Williams had an enlarged heart after he died.
‘We don’t know his exact cause of death at this stage but we think it may be related,’ she said.
Rickson Williams’ (pictured) family only discovered he had an enlarged heart after his sudden death
‘He had his whole life ahead of him and had just put in an application to study a bachelor of music.’
Mr Williams worked at a plant nursery in the rural town of Rollingstone before he relocated to Wallaville about four years ago.
He was a former school captain at Stuart State School who ‘always wanted to be the life of the party’.
Rickson Williams (pictured) was a former school captain at Stuart State School in far north Queensland
The family is hoping to raise $10,000 to help cover their unexpected expenses. On Thursday morning the sum raised was more than half way there.
‘As our family tries to find a way through this heartbreaking, difficult time, I would just like to reach out to our amazing community, loving family, and amazing friends for your support,’ Ms Wright wrote on GoFundMe.
‘He had come a tremendously long way from the difficulties he faced only a few short years ago.’
‘He loved life, and always wanted to be the life of the party, even when there was no party.
‘Although the financial support won’t bring Rickson back, it hopefully will help us to give him the farewell he deserves and some time to mourn the unexpected loss of our loving son and brother without the added stress of financial burden.’
Mr Williams’ funeral will be held on Friday, February 3 at Wallaville Hall at 10am.
Mr Williams’ mum said he ‘loved life, and always wanted to be the life of the party, even when there was no party’