Parents Kevin and Tracey Laity mourn the death of their son Nathan at their home in Penryn. He died on Mother's Day after suffering from tonsillitis. 1003TW04102Nathan
A DEVASTATED family is struggling to come to terms with the death of a promising 23-year-old chef who died in his sleep on Mother's Day after suffering from tonsillitis.
Nathan Laity was a seemingly healthy young man, living his dream in London.
Struck down by tonsillitis, Nathan had continued to work long hours and eventually succumbed to the infection. He died on Mother's Day.
"He had just done 27 days on the trot, working 14 hour days," claimed his mum Tracey, who is warning other young people not to ignore their health.
"He got so run down that his immune system could not cope. He may not have had the tonsillitis for a long time, it was a recurring thing from childhood.
"His body just switched off. He just went to sleep and never woke up. It is very hard to accept. I had only spoken to him on the Saturday afternoon and I had flowers for Mother's Day.
"But, I knew. I had tried ringing him and I just knew when he didn't answer that something was wrong. It was awful. I just urge all young people to keep on top of health checks."
The family, including dad Kevin and sisters Rachael and Emily, are still coming to terms with Nathan's death.
Mrs Laity, a catering manager and cook at Penryn Infants' School, said: "He had crammed so much into his life, which is the one thing I am hanging on to. He was a talented chef, there are no two ways about it."
Nathan had been working as a sous chef at the Tate Modern in London since January 2008.
A former pupil at Flushing School and Penryn College, he had started his career at a young age helping in the kitchens of the Royal Standard in Flushing.
He also used to help his mother at the Quay Restaurant.
She added: "You could tell then that he had a flair and a potential for food, even at that young age," she said.
Nathan's funeral service is to be held at Penryn Methodist Chapel at 2pm today.
It will be followed by private interment at Mylor Cemetery, but friends are invited to a wake at Castaways at Mylor Yacht Harbour following the service.
The retiring collection will be split between the Children's Hospice South West and Great Ormond Street Hospital.
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