The parents of a toddler who died after being found unconscious in a paddling pool said their “happy little boy” would never be forgotten.
Brooklyn Emon, aged two years and eight months, was found not breathing in the garden of his home in Hatley Road, Southampton, Hampshire, on Wednesday.
He was taken to Southampton General Hospital but medics were unable to save him.
His parents, Leah Montague and Adam Emon, said he would be missed by his whole family, including his older half-brother Jamie, seven.
“Brooklyn was such a happy little boy. He was always laughing and his smile could brighten up even the darkest days.
“He was an adventurous little boy and was the definition of fun. He had a special smile that everyone who met him would always remember.
“He was very close to his little brother Lewis – who will be one next month – and was always looking out for him and making sure he was OK.
“Brooklyn was an amazing little boy who touched the lives of so many people. We just want him to wake up and give us a cuddle. It’s killing us to stay strong, but we have to for Lewis.”
The family said the youngster was close to his older half-brother, Jamie, aged seven, who they described as his “best friend”.
They added: “One of our proudest moments as parents was seeing Brooklyn ride his bike just hours before he tragically died.
“We would like to thank all our family and friends for the love and support they have given us during this difficult time.
“Our neighbours have also been fantastic and we can’t thank them enough for their help.”
A Hampshire Police spokesman confirmed the death was not considered suspicious.
An inquest is to be opened into the death on a date to be set.