Tributes paid to brave Aidan

Aidan with dad Karl. Picture by Jane Coltman.
Aidan with dad Karl. Picture by Jane Coltman.

Beautiful, an angel and a little fighter – these are just some of the touching tributes which have been paid to a four-year-old boy who died today.

Aidan Jackowiak Smith passed away this morning. He had been critically ill in hospital over the last few weeks.

Aidan Jackowiak Smith, with father Karl, mother Vikki and brother Daniel. Picture by Jane Coltman

Aidan Jackowiak Smith, with father Karl, mother Vikki and brother Daniel. Picture by Jane Coltman

Dubbed the world’s rarest boy, the Alnwick lad had the complex genetic disorder Cloves Syndrome, suffering huge swelling to his face and body, and had to endure regular seizures.

The tragic news of his death has devastated those who knew and loved the youngster and heart-warming messages of condolence have poured in on social-networking site Facebook to support his heartbroken parents Karl Smith and Vikki Jackowiak and older brother Daniel.

On his Facebook page this afternoon, Karl said his beloved son was a superhero, while others have described Aidan as gorgeous and a little trooper. Among the tributes, Craig Ferguson wrote: ‘R.i.P Aidan you were a little fighter to the end’, while Lauren Graham posted: ‘The strongest little boy I av eva known sleep well darling xxx’.

Susan Angus added: ‘One of a kind this little man. Aidan Smith you brought happiness where ever you went and them kisses and kicks you give were so special. Thinking of all the family.xx’

The Gazette’s Facebook page has been inundated with tributes this afternoon. Claire Ford-Hutchinson said: ‘So sorry to hear about Aidan. An inspiration! Condolences to all his family x’.

Amy Howell wrote: ‘So incredibly sad, rest in peace little angel. Thinking of you and your family x’ while Rob Phillips posted: ‘Devastating news ... All our thoughts are with Aidan and his very brave family!’