HUNDREDS of tributes have been paid to a much-loved son and brother with a ‘heart of gold’ who was found dead on Tuesday evening.

Cian Proctor, 18, had been missing for several hours before he was found, with friends and family issuing appeals on social media to help in their search to find him.

But the tragic news that his body had been found was announced on Wednesday.

Candlelit vigils in memory of the Rishton teenager have been held every evening since his death at the Shakespeare pub in Padiham, and hundreds of tributes have been made in his memory on social media.

His dad Andy Proctor posted: “So proud of you Cian. You lit up any room with your smile and your laughter. “You even got a trophy at school for it! All I ever want to remember is your smile. All my love until we meet again. Dad XxXxX.”

His twin sister Darrean also paid tribute to her brother, saying: “You may be gone but you’ll never be forgotten. I have endless love for you brother.

“When I do see you I will wrap around you and I won’t be letting go. I hope you are now stress-free and at rest."

A fundraising football match has now been arranged by his friend Daryl Graham, from Padiham, proceeds of which will help pay for Cian’s funeral.

In a public Facebook post Mr Graham said: “I am still coming to terms with the loss of Cian.

“This kid was one in a million, a true gentleman, he had a smile that could light up the room whenever he walked in.

“He never had a bad word to say. He had a heart of gold. To show some support to help I have arranged to hold a football fundraiser.”

The match, which will be held at Fennyfold playing fields on St John’s Road in Padiham, is open to anyone who wishes to support Cian’s family.

Many business owners have also stepped forward to offer prizes for a fundraising raffle which will be held after the football match.

Cian’s girlfriend Paige Nicholson also paid tribute to him, by posting a photograph of the pair with the caption, “My favourite person and the love of my life.”

Several references were also made in tributes to how much Cian enjoyed the gym, and friend Tara Malone said: “You had a contagious smile that lit up the whole room and a cheeky little giggle that matched your cheeky personality.

“I remember you would come back from a hard day at work to the gym with paint all on your clothes and your little face, give me a flash of that beautiful smile which would automatically put a smile on my face!”

The football fundraiser will be held on January 19 and those wishing to play are asked to make a donation of £10. Details for the charity football match can be found on Facebook by searching for Cian Proctor.

You can also contribute to help with funeral costs by visiting the GoFundMe page set up in Cian's name.