TRIBUTES are pouring in for a young man who suddenly died.

The man, named locally as Reece Rowland, was described as a “one off” who would go out of his way to talk to people.

Neighbours saw police looking into a garden with torches on Saturday after officers were called at about 5pm to Hertford Road in Brighton.

Tom Stevens, a friend of Reece, believed to be 26, said feelings were “still very raw”.

The 25-year-old, who lives in Brighton, told The Argus: “Reece was a one-off.

“He was very unique and everybody loved him. He was very popular.

“He would go out of his way to talk to you – that’s Reece, basically.”

Mr Stevens said he had known Reece since he was 17.

He added: “He was a very special boy. He was a brilliant kid.”

It is understood Reece was a carpenter working and living locally, and that he studied at Varndean.

Others paid tribute to Reece Rowland on Twitter.

Kit Chell, who lives in Brighton, said: “RIP Reece Rowland. An amazing character who brought a smile to everyone's face. Life is seriously unfair. Devastated is an understatement.”

George Thorpe, who lives in the Five Ways area of Brighton, said: “Can't get my head around it. RIP Reece Rowland.”

Another friend, Henry Smith, said: “I love you mate, one of a kind.”

A neighbour who saw police outside the property on Saturday said: “I don’t know what it was about but I saw police with a torch and they were looking into a garden.”

A spokesman for South East Coast Ambulance Service said two ambulances and two paramedic cars were sent to the scene.

However he could not elaborate about the nature of the incident as it had occurred inside a private residence.

Sussex Police confirmed they had been requested to attend an address in the street by South East Coast Ambulance Service.

A police spokesman said: "I can confirm that we are investigating a sudden death at an address in Hertford Road."

He would not confirm if the death was being treated as suspicious.