Relatives of the British man, Brendan Vaughan, who is believed to have been killed by terrorists in Nigeria, have released the following statement:
The family of Brendan Vaughan aged 55 from Rothwell, Leeds are obviously shocked and saddened by recent events.
Brendan, best described as a lovable rogue by everyone who knew him, lived his life to the full and on his own terms.
He was a loved Father, Brother and Fiance who was tragically killed on March 10th 2013.
He has been deprived of meeting his first grandchild, a baby girl to be born in May, Brendan may be gone but will be never forgotten.
The family would like to thank friends and family for their support, kindness and condolences. We would also like to thank the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Police for their fantastic support since Brendan was abducted last month.
More top news
Former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey has denied being involved in covering up the sex crimes of a former Bishop.
The former BBC journalist will also present a new political programme 'Peston on Sunday'.
Patients needing orthopaedic surgery in Wales will be asked to lose weight and give up smoking as NHS struggles to cope with waiting lists.