An inquest has opened into the death of a man killed in Chelmsford.
Lee Evans, 47, of Burnham-on-Crouch, was found injured on Cromar Way just before 01:00 BST on Friday and died in hospital one hour later.
A post-mortem examination found he suffered multiple stab wounds and he died from a stab wound to the chest.
Coroner Caroline Beasley-Murray adjourned the inquest at County Hall in Chelmsford indefinitely to allow police investigations to continue.
Three men and a woman who were arrested on suspicion of his murder have been released by police.
Mr Evans' family have paid tribute to him, describing him as "a kind, protective and loving person".