Robbie Elliott, from the Nook area of South Shields, died in hospital last week surrounded by his loved ones. He had been diagnosed with cancer just four days earlier.
Tributes to the three-year-old’s bravery have since been pouring in on social media, as his family remember their little one for his heart of gold, bubbly personality and love of music.
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An online fundraiser set up by godparents Vikki and Stephen Williams – to pay for a fitting send-off for Robbie – has raised more than £3,000 at time of writing.
Dozens of Gazette readers have also shared messages of support for Robbie’s family.
Here are some of your messages from our Facebook page:
Rachel Brady: “Absolutely heartbreaking, rest in paradise you gorgeous little boy.”
Pam Donkin: “Heartbreaking. He was a friend of my granddaughter at nursery.”
Michelle Abbs: “Fly high little man, peace after pain. Thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time.”
Lisa Heyapple Wilson: “Robbie the brave, the bravest little boy we know.”
Vikki Williams: “Robbie-Dean the sweetest boy ever. I will treasure the memories we have together forever, your broken-hearted godparents.”
Louise Page: “The most unbelievably tragic time for this family and their friends. I can't imagine their pain, sleep well little angel, sending so much love to your whole community.”
Irene Parker: “Heartbreaking. God must have needed a very special little angel that day. RIP you special little boy.”
Jules Tommy: “So very sad, RIP little dude sending lots of love to Robbie's family, fly high.”