TRIBUTES have poured in for a "cheeky dad" found dying in an Iceland car park.
Matt Portwood passed away following an incident on Furtherwick Road in Canvey Island, Essex.
Officers charged to the scene early on Saturday morning but despite best efforts of emergency services, Matt could not be saved.
Police have now launched a murder probe following the February 4 horror that left the doorman with serious injuries.
Essex Police are yet to make any arrests.
Wendy Mills, a close friend of the dad-of-two of around 15 years said: "He was so loyal and genuine, he was such a lovely guy.
"He's a cheeky chappy. He would help anyone. As a doorman, they protect young women.
"He just wanted to protect the public which makes it even more sad."
Another pal of Matt's, who did not want to be named, told EssexLive: "I'm absolutely broken to hear the sad news.
"I feel so robbed of him. I and a few other friends were going to meet up to have dinner and drinks and it's been taken from us all.
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"He was such a lovely man who wouldn't hurt anyone. Why would anyone want to hurt him? I just can't believe it."
If you would like to make an anonymous report you can contact independent charity @Crimestoppers, by visiting their website or by calling 0800 555 111.
Please quote the crime reference number 42/21102/23.
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