Heartbroken dad’s emotional tribute after ‘big-hearted’ son, 26, dies of coronavirus

Matthew Pearson died after contracting the disease last month (Image: Leeds Live WS)

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Tributes have flooded in for a "big-hearted" 26-year-old man who died from coronavirus last month.

Matthew Pearson, from Leeds, had tested positive for coronavirus just days before he passed away on October 1.

Matthew had to be admitted to hospital after becoming seriously ill with the deadly virus, reports LeedsLive.

He died just three weeks before he was set to move in with his "soul mate and love of his life" Hayley, who he met three years ago.

Since his death was announced, hundreds of friends and family took to social media to post their tributes to the popular lad.

Tributes have flooded in for the 26-year-old
(Image: Leeds Live WS)

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And now, those closest to Matthew have paid tribute a man with a "big heart".

Matthew's father, Gary Pearson, said that he was as much of a best friend as he was a son to him.

Gary said: "I am beyond devastated that we said our goodbyes to Matthew.

"When he was born I instantly knew that we had a beautiful and unique bond like I did when Gemma (Matthew's sister) was born.

"We played football together all the time and he was never happier trying to score a goal past me in the goal posts of Carter’s field.

"Matthew loved his family and he loved spending time all together which we did regularly.

"As a little brother to Gemma they truly loved each other.

"He could be quite annoying when he was younger so she would give him those sisterly nips and love taps and kicks to try and keep him in line. He adored Sophia and loved playing and reading with her.

"He loved his grandparents too and would love his conversations with them. In his adult years sadly his grandma and grandads weren't with us but he would love to visit his nanna where they would just talk and share everything! 

"She would say you don‘t have to come and visit me Matthew to which he would respond by saying I know I don’t nanna but I just love spending time with you. His cousins were like his friends and they would regularly meet up and have nights out together.

Matthew's father described him as his "best friend"
(Image: Leeds Live WS)

"The banter we enjoyed with my two brothers too was wonderful hearing him laugh as we know he loved to do.

"Matthew had a good relationship with Andy who gave him lots of advice about cooking which is I’m sure why Matthew loved to cook and was so competent.

"As Matthew's step sister Victoria looked up to her big step brother and I know they had a lovely relationship. Matthew would often be there for her with his big heart, listening ear and any advice that he could offer."

Matthew had also recently been preparing to move in to his new house with his partner.

Gary said that Hayley will always be a part of their family.

Gary said: "He met his soul mate and the love of his life Hayley three years ago. Hayley has become a very special part of our family. He loved her and always will beyond words and I know that Hayley feels the same.

"They were so completely happy and content together and did so much in such a relatively short amount of time.

"The photos and stories from their amazing trip to Thailand stands out to me as one of hundreds of happy times that they shared together. I loved just seeing them so happy together on the sofa and hearing them laugh constantly."

Gary said he will always be proud of Matthew and hopes the two will be reunited one day in the future.

He said: "One of our proudest moments as parents was seeing him graduate at Huddersfield Uni with a ‘First’ in Marketing. Diane and me beamed with so much pride that day!

"To celebrate in the evening he chose to eat at his favourite steak restaurant, Gauchos in Leeds where we had the most wonderful evening of celebration with his housemates and their parents.

"I feel Matthew close to me every day and take huge comfort from knowing that we will be reunited again one day and that we will get to spend eternity together.

"I am not going to say goodnight my friend, sleep well as I did every night as I know that he is not asleep but very much with us all and will continue to be.

"I want him to know how proud I am to have been his dad and how thankful and proud I am that he has touched so many lives in a way that words can’t describe.

"I will love him forever and want all who knew him and were touched by his presence in their lives to carry on his memory by continuing to show the love that he gave to us all."