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A heroic tree surgeon who survived a 'barbaric' axe attack to send a drugs boss to jail in gripping BBC documentary The Detectives has died aged 24.
Cameron Brooksbank, then 17, had his hand almost fully severed - nearly killing him - after he stepped in to defend an elderly woman.
He then provided testimony against his attacker - high-ranking drug dealer Mohammed Awais Sajid - which led to him being jailed for 18 years.
But the sickening attack took a devastating toll on Cameron, who was seen on the BBC Two series The Detectives weeping as he admitted he'd been left 'messed up'.
Viewers saw him reveal: 'I got depressed. I tried to do myself in a few times. I got rushed into hospital because I took an overdose. I'm not the same person I was two years ago and I don't think I ever will be.'
Cameron Brooksbank, then 17, had his hand almost fully severed - nearly killing him - after he stepped in to defend an elderly woman
The sickening attack took a devastating toll on Cameron, who was seen on the BBC Two series The Detectives weeping as he admitted he'd been left 'messed up'
At the end of the series finale last night, it was revealed that Cameron passed away earlier this year.
Today, it emerged he died aged 24 on June 18. An inquest into his death opened in July but has been adjourned and no date has been set for its conclusion.
Greater Manchester Police have not specified how Cameron died, but have confirmed it is not being treated as suspicious.
In a moving tribute issued after the final episode aired last night, Cameron's family said his death created a 'huge and painful void' in their lives.
They said in a statement released by police: 'Thank you so much for everything and the support you all continue to give us through this difficult period.
'We are extremely proud of Cameron's bravery and that his personal story will hopefully help raise some much-needed awareness around this topic.'
Cameron was attacked in October 2017 when he intervened in a road rage incident in the Newbold Estate in Rochdale, Gtr Manchester, where he was working.
He and his workmates came across gangster Habibur Rahman launching a furious tirade at a woman sat in a stationary Citroen.
A trial heard Rahman felt 'disrespected' and assembled 20 men for a revenge attack and Sajid almost chopped off Cameron's hand.
Cameron had to have his hand surgically