A popular pupil from an Ardrossan high school has been found dead in his home.
Police were called to an address in the town’s Eglinton Road on Sunday evening after receiving reports of the 14-year-old’s death.
Ross Gentleman was believed to be a pupil at Ardrossan Academy.
Tributes have poured in on social media for the teenager. One friend said: “GBNF There’s only going to be one star in the sky to night up there Fly High up the Ross always will be remembered RIP.”
Another friend posted: “Today has been absolutely devastating, my thoughts and prayers are with Ross’s family, he was such a lovely and caring person, you will always be missed you are in everyone’s heart, gbnf.”
North Ayrshire Council’s executive director of youth employment John Butcher said: “This is tragic news and our thoughts are with the family at this extremely difficult time.
“We will continue to consider the well-being of pupils and staff and we will be doing everything possible to ensure they are supported and helped throughout.
“If any of our pupils have questions or any concerns please contact the school and speak to a member of the pastoral support team.”
A post mortem will be carried out on the boy’s body in a bid to determine the cause of death. Enquiries are ongoing.
A Police Scotland spokesman said: “At 6:05pm on Sunday, November 5, police received a report of the death of a 14-year-old boy in Eglinton Road, Ardrossan.
“A post mortem will be carried out in due course.”