A popular Scottish wedding singer passed away suddenly earlier this month, prompting an outflow of support from family, friends, and fans.
Stephen McCluskey, 43, died following a cardiac event on June 6 reportedly caused by an undiagnosed enlarged heart.
According to the Scottish Sun, McCluskey had been preparing for a musical performance at the wedding of Graeme “Grado” Stevely, a wrestler and comedian, prior to the incident.
The Scottish Sun reported that McCluskey had walked upstairs to tell his fiancée Kirsty that he was “feeling faint.” However, before McCluskey made it to his bed, he collapsed suddenly, suffering a cardiac event.
McCluskey leaves behind a fiancée, whom he proposed to just months ago in August, as well as his 15-year-old daughter Evie and six-year-old son Ezra.
McCluskey’s youngest brother Liam created an online fundraiser for his brother’s fiancée and his two children, asking people to support the family and telling people that “any donations, no matter how small, will be received with eternal gratitude.”
Laim McCluskey explained that Stephen McCluskey and his fiancée were both “very actively involved in local community initiatives” and made efforts to help the “less fortunate.”
Liam McCluskey shared that while the family goes through the grieving process, “the practicalities of life will continue” as bills will begin to pile up for “Kirsty and Stephen’s two kids.” In light of that, McCluskey expressed a desire to “raise as much money as possible” to help the family.
“Life wasn’t always kind to Stephen but he showed the world a lot of kindness,” he said.
As a tribute to his brother, Liam McCluskey added that while Stephen McCluskey’s “song has ended,” his brother’s melody “lingers on.”
“As many of you will know by now, Stephen was tragically and so suddenly taken from us in the early hours of Tuesday morning,” he wrote in a caption to the online fundraiser. “No warning, no chance to say goodbye, no answers to the many questions we have. We are utterly shocked and heartbroken. We feel cheated, robbed. Robbed of a brother, a son, son-in-law, fiancé, father, uncle, cousin, band mate and friend to many.”
On social media, McCluskey’s supporters described him as “one in a million with a heart of gold.”