TRIBUTES have been paid to a music-loving Dalton man who died in a motorbike tragedy.
James Haigh, 32, known as Loops, would do anything for anybody.
His second cousin and best mate Patrick Hirst said: “James was one of the nicest people you could ever wish to meet. He would go out of his way for anybody.”
Welder James, who was into beatbox music, died on Wednesday when his Suzuki GSX 125 motorbike was in collision with a Volkswagen Polo in Huddersfield Road, Dewsbury.
The accident happened at 6.46am as James was on his way to work at Richard Alan Engineering in Shaw Cross, Dewsbury.
James was well-known on Twitter and Facebook as @megalooperman, or Loops to his pals.
John ChonkyBeatz Spencer wrote on Facebook: “RIP James Loops Haigh.
“I missed the photos when we jammed so i thort id screen shot you me n Max Reeley so at least we had a photo now your gone. Peace bro. Watch over us all!!!”
The White Boys tweeted: “Thoughts are with loops an his family today! Awful news.”
Ben Coletta told how much he was hurting and wrote: “You were a true friend and a genuinely good man always supportive of your friends and positive with a real love for life and everything it offered.
“It was an honour to know you and be your friend. I’ll miss you always and forget you never.”
Richard Taylor said: “I imagine you now have a mic attached to your hand and all the apps of an iphone installed in your memory creating everything and more like you did on earth.
“I know for a fact there's definitely a beatbox scene now your there. Rest in peace mate.”
Another added: “Loops in peace, rest in beats!”
Huddersfield-born James played snooker and rugby in his youth. He attended Salendine Nook and Royds Hall high schools.
His parents David and Judith Haigh, of Salendine Nook, and sister Kristiane Haigh, 30, have been comforted by the tributes and messages of support.
In the last year James, separated from wife Sally, had got into beatbox music and posted videos on YouTube.
He got into beatboxing, the art of making music with the mouth, with Patrick – aka Ball-Zee – who is twice UK beatbox champion.
Patrick, 24, who became a housemate of James last year, said James got into beatbox music after seeing a clip on the internet.
“He got into beatbox looping and bought a loop station, microphone and amplifier and found he loved it.
“He’d only been doing it for a year but he was improving at a rapid rate.”
Some of the internet tributes have come from people James had never even met.
His sister Kristiane, who has a nine-year-old daughter Macy, said: “It’s comforting for us to know he was so loved and respected.
“The beatboxing community is so nice, they are always there for eachother.
“We are grateful for all the messages and tributes and would like to say thank you to everyone.
“My parents haven’t looked at anything yet but we will go through it all in the next couple of days.
“As a parent all you can ask is that your children make an impact and are loved.
“We have had messages from people James had not even met but found some of his posts inspirational.”
Kristiane affectionately called James her Brother Bear, describing him as a “brilliant uncle” to Macy.
“He had just bought her a skateboard and they were going to go skateboarding together,” she added.
“James worked hard to play hard and loved his motorbike, which he called Suzi.
“It was his first bike but he’d had it three or four years. He was very careful and knew the dangers.”
In a poignant final post on Twitter James wrote: “Happy new year to everyone! Hope 2013 brings you everything you dream of! Loop$ signing out for 2012. Peace.”