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Southampton stab murder: Partner pays tribute to 'wonderful father'

Michael Freshwater Image copyright Hampshire Police
Image caption Michael Freshwater was found fatally stabbed at a property in Southampton

The partner of a man whose body was discovered in a flat in Southampton has spoken of the loss of the "love of her life".

Police launched a murder investigation after Michael Freshwater, 49, was found fatally stabbed at a property in Westridge Road, St Denys, on Friday.

Hampshire Constabulary said there may have been an earlier "dispute".

A 26-year old man and a 35-year-old man, both from Southampton, have been arrested on suspicion of murder.

'Wonderful soul'

Mr Freshwater's partner Jenny Downey said in a statement that his death had left her "absolutely heartbroken".

She said: "We had a special kind of love.

"Not only was he my partner, he was my best friend, my rock and the absolute love of my life. I'm left with the biggest black hole in my heart.

"Micky was a wonderful soul, a happy-go-lucky person with a beautiful heart made of gold. He would help anyone out.

"He was one of a kind, a truly amazing soul. He was a friend to many, a brother, a son and a wonderful father."

Image caption Police are investigating reports of a dispute at the property

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