Tributes have been paid to a man found dead inside a flat in Westcliff last weekend as a man is charged with his murder.
Officers were called to concerns for a man inside an address in London Road and, sadly, he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police have now identified him as 46 year-old Paul May from Great Wakering.
In a statement, his family said: “Paul was a son, a brother, and a father, and his loss really hurts.
“We are so very sad and his death feels so incredibly unfair.
“He was a larger-than-life character, the life and soul of the party.
“We have a big family – Paul was one of seven boys – but he was the funniest of us all and incredibly quick witted.
“He was always trying to make people laugh and searched for the punchline in every situation. He usually found it.
“Paul could turn his hand to anything – whether it be music, sports or art – usually with minimal effort.
“He loved his art.
“In 2013, he was commissioned by C2C to do the artwork for the boards outside Southend East railway station.
“He was really proud of that and knowing that his work brightens up people’s day as they head to work is a comfort to us.
“It means there will always be a piece of him here and that he’s having a positive impact on people’s day.”
On Tuesday, 44 year-old Abir Miah, of London Road, Westcliff, wa arrested on suspicion of murder.
He has now been charged with Mr May’s murder and is due to appear at Southend Magistrates’ Court on Monday February 21.
Police are continuing to appeal for anyone who has any information about his death to come forward.
In particular, they are looking for anyone who saw people coming and going from the address, which is located between two shops opposite Beedell Avenue, between the early hours of Saturday morning February 19 through to Sunday afternoon.
You can upload your information to a specially set up portal: https://mipp.police.uk/operation/4201020122Q02-PO1
You can also submit a report online at https://www.essex.police.uk or use the ‘Live Chat’ button to speak to an online operator between 7am-11pm.
Please quote the crime reference number 42/38942/22.
You can also call 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.