A model and budding TV star, Grant Clarey, who suffered with depression, was found dead at the Newquay holiday park after writing on Facebook that he was "feeling alone".
The 21-year-old lifeguard, who was a keen surfer, was lined up to feature on a Channel 4 show in the summer, told his hundreds of Facebook friends he was 'feeling alone' just hours before his death.
Writing on his Facebook page on Sunday evening, Clarey said: 'Seriously fed up - anyone free this evening. Pm me - feeling alone.'
He did not return to his family home on Sunday night and was found dead after police were called to a holiday park in the popular surfing resort. His death is not being treated as suspicious by police.
Mr Clarey's father, Jim, who is a former policeman, said his son had 'everything to live for' but acknowledged that he had suffered from depression.
Mr Clarey, who had an older brother and three sisters - worked as a lifeguard at the Piran Meadows Resort and Spa in Newquay and had been previously involved in local surf clubs. He also played for local rugby team Newquay Hornets RFC.
Paying tribute to Mr Clarey, the club wrote on Facebook: 'It is with deep regret, that we learn today, the very sad news of the passing away of one of our club players. RIP Grant Clarey.'
Surf Action, a charity organisation supporting serving and former members of the Armed Forces, also paid tribute to the keen surfer.
In a statement, the group said: 'Surf Action would like to extend our condolences to the family of Grant Clarey who passed away today, a keen supporter of the charity and regular attendee at the Wednesday clinics. R I P.'
Friends also paid tribute on social media.