Lee Tomlinson, 9, died after being taken ill during lessons
TRIBUTES have been paid to a nine-year-old Burton boy who died suddenly.
Lee Tomlinson became unwell at school on Monday and an ambulance was called.
He later died in hospital.
He was a year five pupil at Outwoods School in Horninglow, Burton.
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Head teacher at the school, Lesley Wells, said: "Lee was extremely popular with pupils and staff alike.
"He was a talented footballer and artist and was doing extremely well at school.
"He will be widely missed and our thoughts are with the whole family, especially his mum and dad, older brothers and younger sister, who is a pupil at the school.
"Our school counsellor and an educational psychologist will be on hand to provide support to pupils or staff over the coming days and weeks.
"We also plan to hold a memorial service in the coming months to allow pupils to come together with Lee's family to celebrate his life."
Lee is understood to have played for Belvedere Park under 10s.
Mark Jones, general secretary of the Burton Junior Football League, said: "We were asked as a league to observe a minute's silence on Saturday.
"Weather permitting, we will hold the silence over 80 football matches."