A heartbroken mum has told how she returned home to discover her much-loved 28-year-old son had collapsed without warning and died.
Lorraine Dung, 49, of Penncroft Lane, Danesmoor, Chesterfield, wished son Stefan a good night over the phone from her hotel after enjoying a John Barry concert.
But when she returned the following evening she could not get in the property and police had to force their way in before finding Stefan had passed away.
She said: “When I got home I couldn’t get into the house because the door chain was on and my partner brought a hacksaw but it was so tough I went to the nearby police station and two officers pushed their way in and found Stefan.”
Lorraine told how the former Tupton school pupil had been diagnosed with the chronic fatigue syndrome ME but medical investigators have not yet established an exact cause of death after he was found deceased on October 5 but there were no suspicious circumstances.
The former engineering apprentice who had been studying book-keeping to start in business was a keen Clay Cross FC and Sheffield FC supporter.
Clay Cross FC spokesman Martin Roberts said: “Stefan was enthusiastic for everything non-league. He really engaged with the club and we will miss him a great deal.”
Stefan, who leaves a father Winfried Dung, of Germany, also enjoyed art, fishing and craft and played the guitar, ukulele and flute.
Lorraine added: “I just cannot describe how awful it is. My partner has been devastated.
“Stefan is going to be very much missed.
“I think he would have been amazed by all the sympathy cards we’ve received. He was such a kind, caring and gentle person who enjoyed a good laugh and he was very well-liked.”
Clay Cross FC will hold a minute’s silence for Stefan at their next home game.
A funeral service is planned from noon, on October 25, at St Bartholomew’s Church, on High Street, Clay Cross, followed by burial at Danesmoor and Clay Cross Cemetery.
Stefan also leaves grandmothers Marjorie Hart and Eva-Maria Dung.