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Crash victim was about to become a father

Nathan Thomas Gunn Image copyright Police Scotland

A man who died in a crash was about to become a father, it has emerged.

Nathan Thomas Gunn, 30, died after his red Vauxhall Astra was in collision with a Stagecoach bus on the A93 Ballater to Braemar road at Bridge of Gairn, on Friday evening.

Musician Mr Gunn - who had family links to Thurso and Aboyne - played bass in the Aberdeen rock band Estrella.

He was due to become a father for the first time in August. Relatives said it was an "overwhelming tragedy".

His family said in a statement: "His death has rocked not only his family and those closest to him but also anyone that has ever known him.

"He had a special gift of bringing laughter to any situation, the most endearing and gentlest of clowns, and demonstrated only kindness to everyone he encountered.

"Nathan was passionate about music and travelled the world in his time as part of rock band Estrella, who will forever miss their shining bass guitarist and beloved brother."

A legend

It continued: "His families - both Thurso and Aboyne - have been left shattered, as too have his colleagues and friends at The Boat Inn where he had recently been promoted to management.

"There, he was also responsible for events co-ordination and raising money for various Deeside charities. Both communities are now reeling at the loss of such a rare and beautiful soul.

"Nathan was due to be a first time father in August and groomsman to two brothers, his will be an absence keenly felt this year and every year that follows.

"Baby Gunn will know through stories and photos the legend that was their daddy, for now however the pain is overwhelming."

Police Scotland appealed for witnesses to come forward.

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