Family of Braintree man Edward McMartin pays tribute after his death

Braintree man Edward McMartin who has died after an incident at his home. Picture: ESSEX POLICE

Braintree man Edward McMartin who has died after an incident at his home. Picture: ESSEX POLICE - Credit: Archant

Police have named a 55-year-old man who died shortly after an incident at his flat in Braintree last week as Edward McMartin, of Courtauld Road in the town.

Mr McMartin reported someone had forced entry to his flat shortly after 1am last Wednesday November 15. He was taken ill and died a short while later.

His family said: “We as a family are heartbroken at the unexpected death of Eddie, our gentle giant whose smile could light up a room.

“He was a much loved son, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, cousin and friend who will be sadly missed.

“We would like to thank the police in attendance, paramedics, investigation team and the family liaison officers for the care and attention shown towards Eddie and the family.”

A man has been charged with violence to secure entry to a property and criminal damage after the incident and has also been arrested on suspicion of murder while investigations continue.