'YOU inspired me everyday'.

Those are the heartfelt words of a grieving wife, whose life was cut tragicially short in a "freak" camping accident.

Southampton businessman Ryan O'Carroll died after being hit by a falling tree in Cornwall.

The 25-year-old suffered severe head injuries was rushed to Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, following the incident in Tehidy Woods.

But was pronounced dead at 8.58am on Sunday.

Keen surfer Ryan, a director and co-founder of award-winning Southampton firm Yo Telecom, had been camping near the Boardmasters surf festival in Newquay.

Witnesses report that Ryan had been setting up camp and was tightening the straps of his hammock-style tent, suspended from trees, when one of the trees collapsed on him.

His wife of two years, Stephanee Leal O'Carroll, and his younger brother Nick were in the tent at the time of the accident.

Tributes have been paid to Ryan by family and colleagues.

His wife Stephanee wrote on social media: "You changed my life, I became a better person because of you, you loved me unconditionally and you inspired me everyday."

"Ryan your time with us was incredible."

His parents Jeff and Giselle issued the following statement: "Ryan was our oldest son. Since he was born he has always been determined, head

strong and passionate about life.

"Ryan loved life and lived it to the fullest. Always positive with no doubts and encouraging the best in others.

"We are very proud that he was our son and what he achieved, his legacy will forever go on. He will be sorely missed and loved by all of us deeply."

His business partner Nathan Hanslip said: "Ryan was an inspirational best friend, brother and business partner. Anyone who had the honour of knowing him felt a positive impact on their life from his enthusiasm, drive and most of all his determination.

"He gave nothing less than 110 per cent in any area of life, whether it was the business, surfing, snowboarding, reading or any of his many hobbies and interests he was extremely passionate about

Ryan founded fast-growing Southampton business Yo Telecom with his friend Nathan Hanslip in 2013.

Both were fresh out of university. Nathan had studied architecture at Southampton Solent and Ryan Product design at London South Bank.

They met when they were three-year-olds at St Winifred’s School nursery and both also attended The Gregg School.

Yo which started as a two-man band sells phone systems to businesses.

The business was soon expanding and gaining awards, – in 2014 it was named Siemens New Re-seller of the Year and a year later Siemens Fastest Growing Re-seller of the Year.

Yo recently moved to new premises in Melbourne Street, Southampton and now employs around 60 staff, many of them in their teens and 20s, including Ryan's brother Derek and sister Jess.

A statement issued on behalf of the workforce said: "Ryan O’Carroll was one of a kind. He was an incredibly passionate individual who

inspired and had a tremendously positive impact on everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him and crossing his path."