THE devastated dad of a teenager who died in his sleep says he has lost his “best friend”.
Calum Kellie, 15, was found dead at his home in Balerno, on Tuesday morning.
Police are treating his death as unexplained and said inquiries were ongoing to try and establish the sudden cause of death.
It’s understood he did not take his own life.
His heartbroken dad, Malcolm, 54, told friends of the tragedy on social media.
He wrote on Facebook: “My lovely son Calum died this morning aged 15.
“There will never be a day when I won’t miss him. RIP my best friend.”
Months earlier, he proudly posted a photograph of Calum on the apartment rental website Self Catering Edinburgh,
tweeting: “Took this amazing picture of Calum looking out from the living room of Grassmarket No 1 towards the Castle.”
The family was too upset to speak yesterday, and family friend Richard Owen said they were still trying to piece together what had happened.
He said: “Calum apparently died in his sleep overnight. Reasons unknown. I have passed on everyone’s thoughts and prayers to the family.”
The fourth-year pupil at Balerno High School was part way through the Easter break when tragedy struck.
Emotional tributes have flooded in and his classmates said they are planning a lantern release at Harlaw and Threipmuir Reservoirs tomorrow evening.
Flowers have been left for the football fan at the same spot where more than 20 friends met and posed for a group photo in his memory.
A note read: “RIP Calum Buddy. “We will all miss you sadly. Have a party up there. We will meet again one day. Sleep tight our angel.”
The card attached to another bunch said: “To Calum. We will all miss you so, so much. Thank you for being such a good friend. RIP. Lots of love, Vicki.”
Scores of friends took to social networking sites, with one classmate saying: “I can’t believe I’ll never see him again in tutor group, or speak to him at break, or even thank him for always seeing the good in people.”
The youngster’s best friend also paid tribute. He said: “I used to be with Kellie pretty much all the time and we used to always talk about getting a flat together, no joke, now he’s gone...best bud.
“Not gonna forget how I felt when I heard about the news and I messaged him on Facebook about 100 times just waiting for him to reply.”
The teenager leaves dad Malcolm, mum Colette and younger sister Anna.
A Police Scotland spokesman said: “Police in Edinburgh were called to an address in Lovedale Road, Balerno at around 9.05am on Tuesday, April 15 following the sudden death of a 15-year-old boy.
“Inquiries are at a very early stage and the death is being treated as unexplained at this time.”