Martine McCutcheon heartbroken as younger brother dies weeks before wedding

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    Martine McCutcheon has revealed her younger brother Laurence John has died suddenly just weeks before his wedding day.

    The 46-year-old actress, who famous played Tiffany Mitchell in EastEnders, shared devasting news on her Instagram page on Tuesday (October 11) alongside snaps of her sibling.

    In a lengthy message, she began: "My heart is forever broken.

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    "My baby brother, my gentle giant, sadly passed away, suddenly, two weeks ago. He was 31 years old.

    "There is no medical explanation as to why we lost him so soon and whilst we investigate further, we are having to accept that nothing will bring our boy back to us.

    "L.J (Laurence John) was born when I was 15 years old and from the moment I first held him in my arms, I felt so proud and fiercely protective of him.

    "He was such a character! He made us all laugh and loved nothing more than making a plan, having a great play list, bringing people together and generally having a giggle.

    "He hated the thought of a party ending and so was always on to the next thing!"

    Mum-of-one Martine went on to explain that LJ had a mild form of special needs, adored cards and was "very clever" with gadgets.

    She continued: "With unwavering love, support and a commitment to himself, he took hold of life with both hands and smashed through any expectation we had of him.

    "He would genuinely blow us all away at times! He had a huge heart and adored Rafferty."

    "He gave me so much, he was my anchor, my radar of what really mattered in life and whilst he was always so proud of me and would tell the world I was his sister.

    "I always wanted to protect him from the limelight and the characters that could be drawn to him for the wrong reasons.

    "He travelled the world, he had parents, sisters, a brother and friends that couldn’t have loved him more! He could have you infuriated one minute and laughing the next with his dimples and soppy smile."

    Martine, who appeared on second series of The Masked Singer UK, went on to share that she was due to be bridesmaid at his wedding in the coming weeks.

    She typed: "LJ fell in love and was due to get married next month. I was asked to be bridesmaid and the last time I saw him, was a few days before he passed.

    "He, Jack and his future stepson had been to try on their wedding suits and then they came back to have dinner with his fiancée and the family to see our new home. He looked so tanned, tall and handsome.

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    "The best I’ve ever seen him… Ironic really… My heart aches for all who have lost him. But my heart breaks for our mum, his dad John and his Step parents. You should never outlive your children.

    "Im scared to live without you LJ but I know you will want us to truly live, laugh and love in your memory. I will try I promise"

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