A UNIVERSITY student from Bolton has died in a tragic accident during a family holiday to Morocco.

Umar Farooq Valley died yesterday at the age of just 20-years-old, while in Agadir with his his sister, Tasneem, aged 25, and brother Mohammed Uzair, aged 22, and his mother and extended family.

Today Tasneem paid a touching tribute to her brother, who was the youngest of the siblings, from Morocco, as their father, Dilawer, flew out to the holiday resort this morning.

She said: "He was always happy, caring and selfless."

Umar, who would have turned 21-years-old in April was studying quantity surveying at the University of Salford.

Umar would commute from the family home in Blackburn Road, Astley Bridge, to the university from which he would have graduated this summer.

Relatives drove up from London yesterday after hearing the heartbreaking news.

They told The Bolton News there had been a tragic accident and were waiting to find out more about the circumstances.

Dozens of people have stopped at the family home to pay their respects.

The family is being supported by the British Consulate in Morocco as the repatriation process begins.

Aunt Farida Paderwala said the family was heartbroken.

She said: "Umar was very loved ­— we always described as the baby of the family because he was the youngest.

"He was so caring and loving, he was always there for his family. Family was always number one to him. All three siblings were friends, best friends.

"Umar had a lot of very good friends, and he was like a brother to his cousins.

"He doted on his nephew who is one-and-half, he loved him so much."

She added: "He loved being with his family, we would all go on holiday together, he would often come to London to see us.

Umar's grandfather Ali Valley added: "He was always smiling he would make other people smile as well."

Umar attended St Paul's CE Primary School and Sharples School before continuing his studies at university.

His family say he was focused on his study, writing his dissertation as well as thinking about his career, already having a number of interviews lined up.

Mrs Paderwala said: "He had goals and would work to achieving and would always help other people when they asked.

"The whole family are so very very proud of him."