Tributes paid to three found dead ‘after letting man sofa-surf for Christmas’

Friends and family have paid tribute after three people were found dead.

James Acton, 41, Zoe Hamilton, 28, and Andrew Smith, 39, were found unresponsive in Failsworth on Monday afternoon.

They were discovered by Ms Hamilton's family members, who went to check on her after becoming concerned for her welfare, it's understood.

Police said post-mortem examinations were inconclusive and cause of death had still not been ascertained, reports the Manchester Evening News.

It's believed Ms Hamilton and Mr Acton invited Mr Smith to stay with them over Christmas after getting to know him while she was sleeping rough.

Ms Hamilton, one of four sisters, was a mum of three young boys.

Her mum Shirley sadly died in March, aged 47, and is the second tragedy to hit the family this year.

Sister T'Anna Green, 19, said: "Zoe was amazing. She was so funny. She just said it like it was – there was no filter.

"She had a heart of gold and would help anyone.

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"She let Andrew stay on the sofa over Christmas. She had been on streets herself so I can imagine her doing that. It's the kind of thing she did.

"It's just sad how she's gone. I can't believe it. We're still in shock, especially because we're the ones that found her.

"We're still trying to deal with losing our mum – it's hit us really hard.

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"She's back in my mum's arms now in the safest place possible. We love them both loads and know that they're watching over us."

A man who knew James said: "He was a very nice lad. Quite quiet.

"We have health problems and if we ever needed him we only had to knock on and he was there for us.

"I got a text message from a mutual friend telling me what had happened.

"My first reaction was I couldn't believe it. It's just been an awful year, we've lost so many people we liked and cared about."

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