Family devastated after son's death

A YOUNG Prospect man who died from an overdose of anti-depressants never recovered from the trauma of his mother's death 11 years ago, his distraught family told the Guardian.

Doctors turned off the life support system keeping 20-year-old Stevan Morris alive on Monday – a week after he had been found having a fit in his flat by fiance Laura.

This week his shell-shocked father John and stepmother Julie said Stevan’s death had been a tragic waste of a young life and had come as a blow as he seemed to be coping better with his depression.

”He’d seemed much calmer in the past few weeks and was a different lad,” he said. ”We don’t think he took too many of these new tablets deliberately. He just didn’t realise how strong they were. We were told his heart stoppped beating five times, which left him brain damaged. He was never going to recover.”

John, 41, said his son’s battle with depression began at the age of nine after he discovered his mum Lindsay, who suffered from epilepsy, dead in the bath.

”Stevan blamed himself for it ever since, and always thought people didn’t love him,” he said. ”Even when we went to her grave, he kept back because he couldn’t deal with it. They were extremely close.”

Julie, 44, said that despite his depression, Liverpool fan and former Valley School pupil Stevan, seemed to reach a turning point at the age of 15.

”It all changed when he got rid of his glasses for contact lenses and lost loads of weight,” she said. ”It was like the ugly duckling turning into a swan. He really found his confidence.”

Stevan’s family described him as a party lover and a popular person who loved life and people, and said he doted on fiance Laura who he lived with on Westway.

”He loved MCing at parties with his mate Richard Padley, and had a fantastic sense of humour,” said Julie. ”He also loved a flutter on the races and rabbitting. And at school he was always top of the class and was particularly good with computers. He loved mending other people’s machines.”

Added John: ”He’d been going out with Laura for six months and engaged for three. He always told me how much he loved her and I could tell he was being genuine.”

”He had everything and never wanted for anything, but somehow he couldn’t shake off his depression. He was particularly bad when he didn’t have money – he was his own worst enemy then. I really think there needs to be more awareness of the dangers of these anti-depressants.”

Fiancee Laura Fletcher, 21, said Stevan was a fantastic boyfriend and said she too believed he didn’t commit suicide.

”I am finding it really hard, but thankfully I have got a lot of support from friends and family. And Stevan’s family have been absolutely brilliant,” she said. ”I loved him to bits and I will really miss him.”

Stevan also leaves his younger sisters Laurie-Ann, 19, and eleven-year-old twin sisters Sophie and Isobel.

Tests on his body are still being carried out and his family are awaiting confirmation of the date of his funeral, which will be held at St John’s Church, Prospect.

l Stevan’s father is appealing for any witnesses to come forward after the young couple’s flat on Westway was burgled between Thursday 6th and Sunday 9th November.

Thieves broke in and stole electrical equipment, including many of Stevan’s personal possessions, which has sickened the whole family.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Worksop police on 01909 500999.