A family have paid tribute to their 'cheeky joker' who took his own life aged 24 years.
Sue Palmer, 57, of Long Lane, Hillingdon, spoke about her son, Junior, who died on September 20.
The mother-of-five said: "His life wasn't a happy life. So much of it was so sad, from the first time he started school. Even when he was little, I always said he wouldn't live a long time.
"He was a joker, and very funny. He loved to make people happy and was very protective. He adored his mum and family.
"He adored his little boy. When they were together they were inseparable."
On Monday, Junior's eldest brother, Jason Allday, 38, flew from Florida to say his last farewell.
Mr Allday said: "It's just awful to see your baby brother like that. Not only should parents not outlive their children, but neither should an older brother or sister outlive a sibling. I wouldn't wish what my family are going through on anyone."
Father to two-year-old Brandon, Junior's mother described him as a talented footballer who could have had a successful career.
He had been involved in some petty criminal incidents in the past, but recently enjoyed working for Blue Sky Development and Regeneration.
"He thought it was the best thing. The money wasn't great but he loved it. He loved going to work. For years he tried to get his own place and I think that would have really helped," Ms Palmer explained.
Tomorrow, hundreds of friends are expected to say their goodbyes at Junior's funeral at 1.45pm in St John The Baptist Church, Royal Lane, Hillingdon.
T-shirts have been made bearing an image of Junior, and Ms Palmer has chosen the Puff Daddy track, I'll be Missing You.
Mr Allday said: "There was never a dull moment with Junior.
"The measure is going to be when he's not at Sunday dinner, at birthdays or Christmas. He's not going to be there again, no matter how things change."
A service will be held at the West Chapel at Ruslip Crematorium at 3.15pm followed by a gathering at Goals Soccer Centre in Springfield Road, Hayes.
Enquiries to A V Smith and Son on 01895 234 011.