Football legend Gerry Armstrong has paid tribute to his friend and 'brother', jeweller Pat Flynn Jnr, who has died suddenly.
Northern Ireland World Cup hero Gerry (66) was a lifelong friend of Mr Flynn (52) who co-owned Joseph Rea Jewellers in Belfast with his father Pat Snr.
The ex-Tottenham Hotspur and Watford man said he was stunned to hear wealthy businessman Pat had died last week.
He said: "I had known Pat for years, I met him about 15 years ago, we became friends and then close friends.
"My wife Debbie and I lived out in Spain and he used to travel over and see us three or four times a year and when we came back to Northern Ireland we always kept in touch.
"He passed very suddenly there a couple of days ago and we're not sure what caused it but he was only 52. Like everybody else we all have our problems but it was still a shock for us. He had lost a lot of weight over the last six months but it was still very sudden, it's just so sad that he's passed away but I'm sure that's happened to a lot of people in what has been a crazy year in 2020.
"He was a lovely guy and I'm still trying to come to terms with it because he was so young.
"He was always very funny, comical and quick witted, always the life and soul of the party."
Gerry said he had spoken to Pat's mum and dad who are understandably devastated by the death of their only son.
"Everybody who knew him loved him, he was just a lovely person.
"I was in both jewellers, his dad ran one and he ran the other, and they were both successful. It's just a really sad story," he added.