Family devastated after boy, 2, dies in his sleep without warning

Tom Flanagan
·News Reporter

Noah Kelley was just like any other healthy two-year-old boy with a passion for dinosaurs, diggers and footy.

Yet according to his loved ones, it was his infectious personality that made him stand out from the crowd.

“He was the most loving, adventurous little boy, he had this way to life that was unexplainable,” Natasha Walta, a friend of Noah’s mother, told Yahoo7 News.

Last Monday, his parents Jacqui and Matt Kelley were dealt the unimaginable when they went to wake him to get him ready for childcare.

Noah Kelley, a huge footy fan, unexpectedly passed away in his sleep.Source: Supplied
Noah Kelley, a huge footy fan, unexpectedly passed away in his sleep.Source: Supplied

They discovered their little boy had passed away in his sleep at their Mount Duneed home near Geelong – bringing their world crashing down in the process.

“He went to bed fit and well on Sunday night and didn’t wake up on Monday,” Ms Walta revealed.

“I’m not sure how it can even be put into words the unimaginable heartbreak of losing their little man.”

The cause of Noah’s death has yet to have been revealed, only worsening the pain his family is suffering.

“We just don’t know yet,” Ms Walta said as the family await Noah’s autopsy.

His devastated parents Matt and Jacqui Kelley have remembered their little man as a child everyone loved. Source: Supplied
His devastated parents Matt and Jacqui Kelley have remembered their little man as a child everyone loved. Source: Supplied

Ms Walta, speaking on behalf of the family, revealed while they are struggling to cope with the ordeal of losing their only child, they are more than grateful for the wider community’s response.

“The messages, flowers, cards, food and financial contributions have left us speechless and we are forever grateful,” Ms Walta said.

“It really restores your faith in humanity.”

A close friend of primary school teacher Ms Kelley for over 15 years, Ms Walta says Noah’s death couldn’t have come at a worse time for her friend with the mother 14 weeks pregnant.

Noah ‘full of zest, energy and cheekiness’

Now Jacqui and Matt Kelley, or Billy as he’s known to some, want their son to be remembered as the bubbly character they so fondly remember and their little boy who touched so many hearts.

“He was always smiling,” Ms Walta recalled.

“Even if they didn’t know him, he would attract people. They’d come up and just talk to him.”

Noah’s life was “full of zest, energy and cheekiness”. Source: Supplied
Noah’s life was “full of zest, energy and cheekiness”. Source: Supplied

In Noah’s obituary, the family remember him as living “life full of zest, energy and cheekiness”.

“We know you will continue to light up the universe and brighten the day of everyone,” his parents wrote.

Celebrity tribute prepared for funeral

Noah’s funeral is scheduled for this Friday and a touching tribute has been prepared by an unlikely source.

Being a massive Wiggles fan, a family friend contacted the children’s music group over Noah’s death.

Despite being on tour, the group went out of their way to record a special video message for Noah as well as performing his favourite track – Toot Toot Chugga Chugga Big Red Car.

“Everyone will be wearing Wiggles colours,” Ms Walta revealed.

The family have been overwhelmed with the support they have received over Noah’s death from the wider community.Source: Supplied
The family have been overwhelmed with the support they have received over Noah’s death from the wider community.Source: Supplied

Yet with the looming cost of the service and the unpaid time Mr Kelley, an osteopath, has been forced to take off work, the family have been pushed to their financial limit.

In her bid to support them, Ms Walta has since started a GoFundMe page to help ease the family’s “financial stress” during their “heartbreaking time”.

Through word of mouth, over $30,000 has so far been raised, leaving the family dumbfounded.

“Jac and Billy are overwhelmed by the support through the GoFundMe page,” Ms Walta said.