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A couple were discovered dead in bed together after missing the afternoon school run, according to reports.
An inquest was opened on Monday for the deaths of Michael Greenaway and Maria Lane, who are suspected of suffering carbon monoxide leak on May 10.
When the pair, both in their 30s, failed to pick up their son from school, Maria's concerned mum forced her way through their front door in Cirencester, Glos, to check on them, The Sun reports.
Emergency services were called and pronounced Michael and Maria dead at the scene, but investigators are still treating the incident as "unexplained."
A friend of the family told The Sun how their nine-year-old son spent the night with his grandma the night before and she dropped him off at school in the morning.
Her fear reportedly set in when she received a call from the school saying her grandson had not been collected.
News of the couple’s deaths, who according to The Sun are married, has sent shockwaves through their local community, GloucestershireLive reports.
In a touching statement issued by Michael's family, he is described as a smiling man who loved his young daughter.
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They said: “We as a family are heartbroken at our loss. Michael has left behind his parents mum (Karen) Dad (Martin), sisters (Manph, Emma) and much loved daughter (Millie). Michael was a fun loving and happy go lucky boy.
“He usually had a smile on his face. Michael was our little diamond and his early departure will leave a massive hole in our hearts forever.”
Tributes have poured in online for the couple.
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One friend wrote: "So sad, you were always an absolute pleasure to be around Mike, always polite and kind. My brother is going to miss you so much. Sleep tight"
Another said: "Heartbreaking still can’t believe it love you so much Mike you will forever be in our hearts"
"Heartbreaking rip Mike and Maria fly high," a third shared on Facebook.
On Thursday (May 13) Gloucestershire Constabulary released an updated statement which said: "A post mortem examination took place yesterday following the sudden deaths of a man and woman in Cirencester on Monday (10 May).
"The deaths are still being treated as unexplained and enquiries to establish the cause of death are ongoing."
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