Soldier and pal of Lee Rigby who carried his coffin found dead aged 32

An ex-soldier who served alongside murdered Lee Rigby and carried his coffin has died aged 32.

Dean Corbett leaves behind a young son after he was found at his flat in Urmston, Trafford, on Sunday.

Cpl Corbett served alongside Drummer Rigby as a Fusilier with 2nd Battalion the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.

They were close friends and Cpl Corbett's family said he "endured a massive bereavement" when the 25-year-old from Middleton was brutally murdered in a terror attack in Woolwich, London, in 2013.

Cpl Corbett's family said he had a "history of untreated mental illness" which deteriorated after he left the Army in 2017.

They said his death was not being treated as suspicious, reports ManchesterEveningNews.

Cpl Corbett, known to military mates by the nickname "Ronnie", completed an operational tour of Afghanistan in 2009.

He was deployed on major exercises in Kenya in 2011 and Jordan in 2013, and had also completed ceremonial duties in London.

A GoFundMe appeal for the family has now been launched.

Cpl Corbett's sister, Faye Corbett, issued a glowing tribute to her brother – with military tributes also being paid to him online.

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She said her brother had been affected by a recent family bereavement and told her he was seeking counselling for 'traumas' he had experienced.

She wrote on the appeal: "As many of you will already be aware my brother Dean Corbett passed away on Sunday, August 16.

"Dean had a history of untreated mental illness. Family and friends repeatedly asked him to get help and following his referral, he had his initial 'over the phone' screening with the mental health team only a few weeks ago.

"Unfortunately he didn't make it to his next session. He told me recently that he was going to counselling to receive help for the traumas he had experienced during his life.

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"Dean completed an operational tour of Afghanistan during his career in the Army and endured a massive bereavement in 2013 when his colleague and friend Lee Rigby was brutally murdered in Woolwich.

"Dean's mental health deteriorated after leaving the Army."

Faye added that the coronavirus lockdown 'had a massive impact' on his mental health. She said the family were proud of his service – and his love.

"Dean's death has had a massive impact on a lot of people," Faye added. "We hope to raise as much money as we can for the funeral.

"Thank you for everyone's kind messages and support."

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