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Family’s heartache as ‘lovable’ scrap man and dad-of-3 dies suddenly

Written by on 16/10/2020

The heartbroken family of a popular scrap man and dad-of-three from Sheffield have paid tribute after he didn’t wake up after going to sleep.

Russell Lee Platts, who was also known as “Rusty” to those who knew him, tragically died on Monday, October 12, suddenly in his sleep.

The 36-year-old, who lived in Sheffield all of his life, was a well-known scrap man in the area and was said to have thousands of friends.

His sudden death has devastated his family and friends with tributes pouring in from people in Sheffield as well as further afield.

Russell’s sister Alison Platts said that the whole family has been left heartbroken and “she has never felt pain like it”.

She said: “He was a lovable rogue and had thousands of friends in Sheffield and further away.

“He passed away on Monday and I have never in my life felt pain like it.

“He was so beautiful he didn’t have a bad bone in his body.

Russell ‘Rusty’ Platts from Sheffield died suddenly in his sleep
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“We are all so devastated, especially my mum.

“He had 16 cousins but they were more like brothers to him as they were all raised so close.”

Russell grew up in Sheffield with his mum Michelle and dad John and lived there all of his life.

He also had four sisters and one brother, Daniel, Jodie, Carlie, Alison and Amy and three children.

His family were said to mean the world to him.

Alison added: “He was a raver and he partied where ever he went. You would always see him smiling and he was forever dancing.

“He was a scrap man and he absolutely loved it and was well-known as ‘Rusty’ and ‘Big Plattsey’.

“He was just beautiful and we just can’t believe it, so many people have sent us messages as he was a really popular guy. “

Russell’s body will be released back to the family on Friday and Alison said that they are trying to work their way through the funeral plans for him.

She said: “We get his body back on Friday and I know that my mum wants to be the first person to be able to see him.

“We know what so many people will want to pay their respects to him, so we are trying to figure something out for his funeral but it’s too early yet.

“We just can’t believe it our lives will never be the same again.”