Tragic teenager is found dead just hours after his sister was told she can travel to America for life-saving cancer treatment 

  • Popular Edward Cox, 19, died on Thursday in Aberdeenshire
  • Hours before his death, sister Abigail learned that she had been accepted for life-saving treatment in Houston, Texas
  • Abigail, 21, is being treated for Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare bone cancer
  • A £22,000 fundraising drive was launched to pay for her treatment 

A teenager died just hours after his sister was given the go-ahead to travel to America for life-saving treatment.

The family of Abigail Cox, 21, were distraught to learn that her brother Edward, 19, had died suddenly in Aberdeenshire.

Police say the teenager's death is being treated as unexplained, but it is not suspicious.

Teenager Edward Cox died just hours after his family learned that sister Abigail had been accepted for lifesaving treatment after a huge £22,000 fundraising drive

Hours before the tragic news, Abigail, who is being treated for Ewing's Sarcoma, a bone cancer, was told she had been accepted for treatment in the US after a huge £22,000 fundraising drive.

Doctors had advised her family that the best treatment for her condition was available at the Houston Cancer Centre in Texas.

The news had lifted the spirits of Dawn and Gary Cox, who are also parents to their youngest daughter Olivia, until they discovered that their beloved teenage son, Edward, 19, had died.

Emotional tributes have been paid to Edward, 19, who died suddenly on Thursday. His death is being treated as unexplained by police

Police were called out to a property in Inverurie after his body was discovered on Thursday morning.

Yesterday a relative said the family were devastated.

He said: 'This is a devastating time. The family are pulling together to help Gary, Dawn and Abigail and Olivia get through this period.

'They got a call the other night from America to say that Abigail could come across to the centre. It is going to cost a lot of money and this JustGiving appeal started and it has just completely taken everybody by surprise how generous and how supportive people have been.

'The focus is to go through this period and to make sure Abigail is fit to travel to America.'

He died shortly after his sister Abigail, who is being treated for bone cancer, has been accepted for treatment in Houston, Texas

Tragic Edward worked at his father Gary's nightclub Edwards in Inverurie, in Aberdeenshire. 

His father also runs the Northern Hotel in Aberdeen and has been raising money for the Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT).

Dozens of friends and family flocked to social media yesterday to express their shock at the loss of such a popular teenager.

One friend on social media recalled playing rugby with Edward when he was young.

He played with Garioch rugby club, which incorporates players from around the Inverurie area.

 The man from above has taken you away far too soon and it's not fair, but he will have one massive bright shining star up there who will shine bright on us all every day and night.
Friend's tribute to Edward Cox 

Another family friend added: 'I remember the day you were born Edward and a very proud Mum and Dad and big sister you had too, and a young male Cox to take on the family name too, proud as punch they were.

'You grew up into a very young talented young man following in your dads footsteps with yeah your bling, rugby, work and if course your looks too.

'Edward you made so many people smile and now so many people will hold onto all those memories of you.

'Edward you were a credit to all your family, you were the most polite young man and had a beautiful smile that everyone will always remember.

'The man from above has taken you away far too soon and it's not fair, but he will have one massive bright shining star up there who will shine bright on us all every day and night.'

Karina Cable has been fundraising for her cousin Abigail to get treatment abroad.

She also paid tribute to her youngest cousin on the fundraising page yesterday.

She said: 'The day after the news about her acceptance her and her family tragically lost Edward who was not only a son, brother, cousin, and nephew, but also a friend to many people within our community.

'A fun, loving, caring, energetic, cheeky, bright, and happy young lad that had a heart as big as anyone that we all know.'

Police confirmed that they were called out to a house in Inverurie on Thursday.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: 'Police were called yesterday at about 9.30am in relation to the sudden death of a 19-year-old man in the Inverurie area.

'The death is being treated as unexplained but there is no apparent suspicious circumstances.' 

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