A wife who launched a desperate bid to raise £30,000 for her husband after he was diagnosed with cancer has paid tribute to him.

Paul Phillips-Brame, 35, died on Saturday after a battle with liver cancer.

Paul, who grew up in Heybridge, was admitted to hospital in March after doctors initially thought he had gall stones when he was suffering with severe pain in his side.

But 24 hours later he was preparing for emergency surgery after learning he had liver cancer.

Doctors told Paul and his wife Niah, of Hatfield Peverel, the cancer had spread to his lungs and was classed as incurable and terminal.

Niah launched a JustGiving page in a bid to raise £30,000 to find Paul alternative treatment.

In a statement she said: “It breaks my heart to have to write this a million more times than my first post.

“Deep breath, here goes. On Saturday 14th October at 8.20pm the love of my life took his last breath which ended his pain and suffering.

“Paul's health deteriorated unexpectedly very quickly soon after I set up the fundraising.

“He developed further spread of the cancer to his bones but also pneumonia and possibly sepsis.

“My husband fought hard to defeat the odds and right up until the end he was still fighting.

“However our families believe that he was fighting so hard to be well for our wedding day that following it, he felt he could relax, having accomplished the greatest day of ours and our families lives.

“He has left a gigantic hole in both our families lives and I have a hole in my heart.

“He was the greatest son, brother, husband and future father there ever was.

“Thank you for everyone's support and love, but sadly this time, cancer won.”