Arbroath man, Michael Smith, 43, found dead in his home

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Police were called to an Angus cottage following the sudden death of a 43-year-old man.

Officers descended on the property and found the body of Michael Smith.

Michael known to friends and family as “Rocco” or “Rocket” is believed to have moved to the rural house at Colliston from his native Arbroath.

Today, a number of bouquets lay on the doorstep of his home some containing touching messages.

One said: “I hope you are at peace now . . . you will be missed.”

Another added: “If only you knew how much we loved you.”

It is believed that Michael moved to the cottage last year, although he has strong links with Arbroath.

He grew up in the town and is thought to have worked on and off for a fish firm in the Kirkton Industrial Estate.

John Dowell, Michael’s landlord, said: “He was a nice enough guy, he kept the cottage tidy, paid his rent on time and generally kept himself to himself. I just don’t understand what happened, he was a young guy.

“The police officers came down to the farm afterwards and asked a few questions, but they didn’t tell me what happened, other than that he had died.

“He lived alone, I never saw a partner, he just had a basset hound-type dog that has now been taken away.

“The one thing I noticed was that he loved the sun. He was always sunbathing whenever he could.

“Apart from that, he had a number of tattoos and he liked a few beers as well he just seemed a normal guy.

“You always think these sort of things just don’t happen to you, not here.”

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “Officers attended at an address in Colliston, Arbroath, at 1pm on Tuesday August 12 following the sudden death of a 43-year-old man. There are no apparent suspicious circumstances and, as with all sudden deaths, a report will be sent to the procurator fiscal.”

Michael’s funeral will take place in George Stewart Funeral Directors Chapel of Rest, Millgate Loan, Arbroath, tomorrow at 1.30pm.

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