A twin has lost his beloved brother to brain cancer at the age of just 25.
Ashan Corrick, from the South Gloucestershire town of Filton, near Bristol, had a headache for just two days before he was diagnosed with incurable stage-four brain cancer.
The devastating diagnosis was made at Southmead Hospital on August 17, and died just under four months later.
Before his diagnosis Ashan could not recall ever having been ill in his entire life.
His family raised more than £6,000 for experimental treatments but Ashan tragically lost his cancer battle on December 17, reports Bristol Live .
His twin Aysa posted a Facebook tribute saying Ashan had made him “the proudest brother in the world”.
It reads: “Tonight was the last night I said good night to my twin brother… the most painful day I will ever go through.
“He fought so hard for the past week but unfortunately he lost his battle with cancer. He left peaceful and in our mother’s arms.
“Thank you everyone for their kind words and constant support through this. Believe it or not, it has made it so much easier for everyone in our family so thank you so much.
“I love you all so much and I know this will upset a lot but one thing Ashan got upset about when he had the news he received was how much this affected people and I promised him we’ll celebrate and remember the happiness he brought to our lives.”
Aysa plans to organise “one of the biggest parties Bristol has ever seen” in mid-to-late January in memory of Ashan.
His tribute also included a message to Ashan: “I made you promises which have given me the strength and purpose which I needed.
“I love you more than you can possibly imagine brother and I’m so happy that you can’t feel this pain anymore.”
The post has led to an outpouring of support, with comments from friends and loved ones who described Ashan as a “brave fighter” and “beautiful soul”.
Ashan had launched a flourishing home improvements business only months before his diagnosis.
His former basketball team City Academy Bristol Storm posted a Facebook tribute: “Our thoughts and prayers are today with the family and friends of former junior Ashan Corrick, who passed recently following the shock discovery of a brain tumour.”
The club described him as a “hardworking and dedicated young man, and a real pleasure to work with and know”.
In the days before he went into hospital in August, Ashan suffered from a headache.
In September he told Bristol Live it had only been a “seven out of 10” headache, but it was not going away.
“I drove myself to Southmead and they gave me a scan,” he said at the time. “Then when I was in the waiting room, a woman came out and said she had found something.
“A dark mass in the brain was mentioned. I had to stay in overnight, but I didn’t think it was going to be that serious.
“The next day they operated on me. It was only five minutes before the op that they told me, almost in a passing way, it was cancerous.”
The surgeon removed a glioblastoma tumour from his brain, but was not able to remove the cancerous cells which were deeply embedded.
Ashan was discharged four days after surgery, but it was only when he returned to hospital for the results of his biopsy that he received his terminal prognosis.
“They gave me a year or two with treatment,” he said. “About 50 per cent of people with my condition get past the first year, 25 per cent past two years and 10 per cent past five years.”
Ashan told us in September he was determined to remain positive and find a way to overcome his cancer.
The family had vowed to “leave no stone unturned”, with Aysa and older brother Remie taking part in a charity boxing match to help raise funds for treatments.
Ashan was buried on December 19 at Greenbank Masjid mosque.