The family of a suspected murder victim have paid tribute to a 'courageous and fearless' dad.
Louis Bednall, 40, died in hospital on Sunday, a day after he was found found injured just before 12.30am at a flat in Yeovil, Somerset.
In a joint statement issued on Tuesday, loved ones said they are 'utterly lost' without Mr Bednall following his death, Somerset Live reports.
His family said: “Louis was a father, grandfather, son, partner, brother, friend and everything in between and he filled these roles so whole-heartedly.
"It doesn’t matter who you were, if you were in Louis’s life you were family and if you needed him, he would be there unequivocally.
“He was courageous and fearless and lived the fastest life, surrounded by, and giving so much love, into every crack of everyone’s being.
"He had a soul that was always too beautiful for the world in which we live.
“Louis was the family lion, the family wolf and everybody’s protector.
"He was who everyone wanted at every gathering; making every moment filled with fun and happiness.
"He saved people; he saved them in so many ways and he did that unconditionally, never needing or wanting anything in return.
"Louis’s friends call him the most articulate person they know, they do that with a wry and knowing smile.
"Louis became a brother to so many, he picked people up and always stayed strong. He always told other people how strong they were, but that strength came from him.
“We are all utterly lost without Louis, the feeling of loss is resounding, but the feeling of love is equally so and felt from everyone he knew, from every corner of the world.”
Suspect Matthew Sheridan of South Petherton, was brought before Somerset Magistrates on Tuesday, charged with Mr Bednall's murder.
Flanked by two security officers in the dock and dressed in prison issue clothing, the defendant only spoke to confirm his name, age and address and did not enter a plea to the allegation.
Sheridan was remanded in custody until Thursday when he will appear at Exeter Crown Court.
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