HEARTFELT tributes have been paid to a “true hero” who has passed away at just 35-years-old after being diagnosed with a severe brain tumour.

Aimee Tanner, from Rayleigh, was given the devastating news at the end of last year that she had just “three to six months” to live after doctors found the inoperable tumour.

Heartbreaking - Tributes paid to Aimee TannerHeartbreaking - Tributes paid to Aimee Tanner (Image: Newsquest)

After being told she had months to live, Aimee was desperate to fulfil her dream of marrying her childhood sweetheart, Darren Tanner.

In February, the couple tied the knot thanks to Gift of a Wedding – a charity that provides free wedding services to those who are terminally ill.

Love - Aimee with the love her life DarrenLove - Aimee with the love her life Darren (Image: Newsquest)

Family friend, Theresa Beale, launched a fundraiser to help support Aimee and give her a chance to make memories with her mum, Fiona and her partner, Darren.

Theresa added: “Aimee still managed to marry Darren, the love of her life, with the help of the Gift a Wedding and everyone’s kind donations.

Memory - Aimee cutting the cake with DarrenMemory - Aimee cutting the cake with Darren (Image: Newsquest)

“She had the most magical day. As tired as she was, she managed to stay until the evening, even outlasting some guests.

“Family came from all over the country to celebrate with her, it is just such a fabulous memory for all of us.

“She never wanted to die as Aimee Lynch, she wanted to pass as Aimee Tanner. It didn’t look like it was ever possible until Gift of a Wedding stepped in.

“The people of Essex came together so quickly, everything needed was filled within hours.

Together - Aimee with her family at the weddingTogether - Aimee with her family at the wedding (Image: Newsquest)

People who never knew Aimee, still came together to give up their time and skills, free of charge, so Aimee and Darren could fulfil their wish to be married.

“We are so thankful.”

Sadly, in the early hours of Friday morning, Aimee passed away.

Paying tribute on behalf of the family, Theresa said: “Aimee was a true hero in every sense of the word. She was a kind, funny girl, with a hysterical sense of humour.

Family - Aimee with her brother ConorFamily - Aimee with her brother Conor (Image: Newsquest)

“She fought her battle very hard, and everybody was amazed at how long she kept going.

“Her mum, her husband, her brother, and her dad were also closely around her and she stayed home the whole time.

“Aimee will be sorely missed by everyone. We are absolutely devastated at her loss.

“It is a very cruel world that sees a young, happy girl with a beautiful life ahead of her cut so short.

“We will all miss her desperately, but we are relieved that she is no longer in pain.”