TRIBUTES have been paid to a Southampton man who has died after being found with serious injuries in mysterious circumstances.

Officers are continuing to appeal for help in working out what happened to 48-year-old Mark Lewis, after he died in hospital.

Family members also released a photo of him in the hope someone might have seen him.

Mr Lewis, of Coleman Street, St Mary’s, was found in neighbouring James Street by two passers-by at around 7am on Tuesday July 9.

He was described as being in a life-threatening condition by police at the time.

One of the passengers-by, a man, called an ambulance after being flagged down by a woman and he was taken to hospital, but has since died.

Police say they are currently treating his death as “unexplained”.

A number of people have taken to Facebook to pay tribute since the news broke on Saturday.

Wendi Caroline Cropp-Moth wrote: “Very sad x RIP taken far to young its a cruel world sometimes x Condolences to family and friends xx.”

Officers investigating the circumstances surrounding Mr Lewis’ death are asking for anyone who was in St Mary’s, specifically the vicinity between Hoglands Park and James Street, on the evening of Monday July 8 and the early hours of July 9 to get in contact.

It is believed he had been in Hoglands Park that afternoon prior to being found the next morning in James Street.

He is described as white, 5ft 11in tall, of slim build, with short brown hair and brown eyes. He had his left ear pierced and tattoos on his forearm.

On July 8 and 9 he was wearing a blue and white chequered shirt and off-white shorts.

Officers say both of the passers-by that sought medical attention have been in contact with police and have been assisting with enquiries.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 and quote 44190238411.

Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.