THE family of a man who died after a heavy object fell on him has issued a heartfelt tribute.

Jack Phillips, 24, died after being struck by the object which had fallen from a crane at South Cliff Tower, Bolsover Road, Eastbourne, on Thursday morning.

His family, who have paid tribute to him, said: "Our beloved son Jack was tragically taken from us in a work accident.

"He lived for his football and loved having a laugh and joke with all his friends and was always smiling. Jack would always be there to help and was the kindest most loving son.

"He will be forever missed by us and his two sisters and his girlfriend.

"We now ask that our privacy is respected so that we can grieve in private."

The Health and Safety Executive have been informed and an inquest into his death is due to open in Hastings on Tuesday, August 13.