A British soldier who died in Afghanistan on Wednesday was injured while preparing equipment to be flown out of the country.
Sapper Adam Moralee from 32 Engineer Regiment, was fatally injured in Camp Bastion, the Ministry of Defence said.
The 23-year-old, from Newcastle upon Tyne, who was known as “Massive” by comrades because of his love of body-building poses, leaves behind parents Lynn and Darren and fiancee Emma.
In a statement issued through the MoD his family said: “As a son he was full of life and always the joker of the family, who never took anything too seriously.
“He loved his job and the friends he made from his time in the Army, and he would never have swapped those experiences for the world.
“He treated his fiancee, Emma, like his princess and the love they shared was clear to all of those who were lucky enough to see it.”
Sapper Moralee joined the Royal Engineers at 17 and had previously served a tour in Afghanistan in 2011 as part of the Armoured Support Group, where he crewed Trojan armoured vehicles, clearing minefields and improvised explosive devices.
Lance Corporal Karl Crosbie, from 4 Troop, 26 Armoured Engineer Squadron, 32 Engineer Regiment, was due to be Sapper Moralee’s best man, and said the pair were like brothers.
Paying tribute to his friend, he said: “From the outset, it was clear that I had met a truly caring best friend and brother who would have done anything for me.
“Such was our friendship that he asked me to be his best man for his wedding to his fiancee Emma. I was deeply honoured. We were very much like brothers and I will miss him very much.”
Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said: “It is clear from the tributes paid to Sapper Moralee that he was a determined and respected soldier who was good-humoured, trustworthy and considerate.
“His untimely death is a tragedy and my thoughts and deepest sympathies are with his family, fiancee and friends at this difficult time.”
Sapper Moralee is the first British serviceman to die in Afghanistan this year.
A total of 448 British forces personnel or MoD civilians have died while serving in Afghanistan since the start of operations in October 2001.