Condolences have been paid to a refuse collector who collapsed and died in Hartlepool this morning.
Hartlepool Borough Council suspended the household bin collections after the tragedy which was witnessed by the man's colleagues.
Scores of people have left words of tribute and condolence on the Mail’s Facebook page after the tragedy.
Tony Hanson, Hartlepool Borough Council’s Assistant Director (Environment and Neighbourhood Services), said: “Our thoughts and sympathy are with our colleague’s family and friends at this very sad time.
“As people will appreciate, the sudden passing of a much-loved colleague at work has been very traumatic for the refuse collection team and they are extremely upset and shaken.
“As a result, we made the decision not to proceed with bin collections today and have sent the team home.
“We very much hope that residents whose bins haven’t been collected today will give us their understanding.
“The refuse collection team want to come into work tomorrow to cover the work which they haven’t been able to do today.
“Could I therefore please ask residents whose bins were scheduled to be collected today to please take their bins back in overnight tonight and put them out again tomorrow morning (Saturday 14 July) by 7am, ready for collection.
“In the very unlikely event that not every bin is collected tomorrow, any remaining bins will be collected on Monday.
“May I once again thank residents in advance for their understanding at this very sad time.”
Mr Hanson said scheduled bin collections next week will remain as normal.
Readers left messages on social media.
Jack Darren Atkinson wrote: “The man was a pure legend too.”
Graham Dalton commented: “Sad day sure I speak for all hbc m&e lads.”
Graham Johnson stated: “Condolences to family and friends.”
Angela Bunn-Close wrote: “Prayers and thoughts for all that knew him.”
Zoe Winspear said: “ Sorry for your loss ... my dad died the same way a few year ago.”
Vicky Tyzack commented: “R.i.p xxx”
Lynne Jorgeson said: “So sad xx”
Carole Coupland stated: “Thats really sad condolences to his family and friends.”
Anne Young said: “Thinking of family, friends x.”
Sarah Thacker stated: “How tragic xx.”
Linda Moore wrote: “Thoughts and prayers are with with lads family Rip.”
Marie Fox said: “So so sad R.I.P thoughts are with hes family at this sad time x.”
Trisha Mccabe stated: “Thoughts are with the family. So sad r.i.p xxx.”
Lesley Fricker wrote: “So sad condolences to his family xx.”