Plaid Cymru's "brightest star" dies at just 34 years old
One of Wales's youngest assembly members has died following a battle with bowel cancer.
Plaid Cymru politician Steffan Lewis was only 34 and leaves a wife and young son.
He addressed his first party conference aged just 14 - and went on to become a speech writer for party leader Leanne Wood, before joining the assembly in 2016.
Flags have been lowered at the National Assembly as a mark of respect and his family have paid tribute to their 'rock':
“To lose Steff is the greatest possible blow to our family and we know that there are people throughout Wales who share our sense of loss. Steff inspired us every day. He was our rock, he was our anchor and most certainly, our hero. Above all Steffan was a loving husband, father, son and brother.
“Steff fought this disease with the same courage and determination that he applied to his politics, and even when he was in great pain and discomfort, he continued to serve the people he so dearly loved to represent.
“We will ensure that his legacy will live on forever – in our community, in our hearts and above all through his son, the little boy he adored, Celyn. Wales will not forget his contribution and his determination to make a difference to people’s lives.
"We would like to thank all those in NHS who cared for Steffan during his illness, and in particular the staff of Ystrad Fawr Hospital and his Oncologist, Dr Hilary Williams from Velindre Cancer Centre. "
Paying tribute to his friend and colleague, Plaid Cymru Leader Adam Price said:
“Steffan was beloved by his friends in Plaid Cymru and we are in a state of shock and grief at losing our very brightest star.
“He will be remembered as a politician of rare talent who achieved an incredible amount during his time in elected office, which has been cut short in such harrowing circumstances.
“His powers of reasoning and intellect were matched only by his capacity for compassion – even while suffering illness, Steffan persisted in prioritising the welfare of other people by speaking openly about his difficult experiences while all the time continuing to work on behalf of his nation and constituents.
“I cannot begin to express our sense of loss and how much we will miss having Steffan in our lives. His legacy will forever be remembered in the history of Plaid Cymru and the Welsh nation."