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Robbie Williams speaks of ''profound sadness'' after his gay lodger is found hanged in woodland

Robbie Williams tonight spoke of his 'profound sadness' after a former lodger and friend was found hanged in woodland in an apparent suicide.

The body of Aaron Vickers, 25, was discovered in an area of urban woodland on Monday morning. Hairdresser Mr Vickers had rented a small wooden cabin on William's �8.5 million Wiltshire estate over the summer but moved out several months ago.

He was suffering from financial problems. He had met Williams through a mutual friend, Jonathan Wilkes, during a recent visit to Los Angeles. Mr Vickers was apparently last seen by his boyfriend, Paul, at 1am on Monday when he said he was going for a walk.

Seven hours later, his body was spotted by a 16-year-old girl who was on her way to work in Swindon, Wiltshire.

The teenager, who did not wish to be identified, said: 'I was on my way to work at 8am and was running late so I went through the woods. It was just getting light. I started crying but was frozen.

'I have been a wreck all day - I can't eat - it's as though I am caught in a nightmare.'

Williams, 35, is understood to be in the process of selling his seven bedroom country mansion after moving back to LA to live with his fiancee, Ayda Field.

The star last night spoke of his 'profound sadness' at Mr Vickers� death and revealed that the hairdresser lived on his estate for two months earlier this year.

The pop star was at his US home in Los Angeles, California, when he learnt of the tragedy. The singer confirmed that Mr Vickers had stayed in a cabin on his Wiltshire estate earlier this year.

Mr Williams also told how he had been introduced to Mr Vickers by actor Jonathan Wilkes, who has been the pop star�s best friend since they were teenagers and also lives in the Swindon area.

A statement from the pop star read: �Robbie Williams would like to express his profound sadness at the news of Aaron Vicker's death, and sends his deepest condolences to Aaron's partner, his family and his friends.

�Robbie did allow Aaron and his partner to stay in a property on his estate for a period of two months this spring.

'However, Aaron was not employed by Robbie as his hairdresser and their acquaintance came about through mutual friends Jonathan and Nikki Wilkes.'

Mr Williams bought the mansion - complete with a helicopter hangar, temples and fountains - in February. But he has decided to move back to the States because he didn't like the British weather.

Aaron was working at Knock-em-Dead hairdressers in Swindon, at the time of his death.

Mick Green, who works at the shop, said: 'Aaron was a larger than life character who touched everyone he met.

'When we all found out everyone was devastated we closed the shop and went home. 'He was so popular, vibrant and super creative. This is such a waste. He had a big clientele and was always very busy. He had been working here since he was 19.' Jane Jennings, of JJs Hair Group in Swindon, said: 'Aaron worked as a trainee and colourist for me a good few years ago now. 'I'm so shocked to hear what happened and so sorry for his family and loved ones. He was a unique person, a real character. He had a striking image - his hair was always amazing.

'I saw him recently from time-to-time. I know he and his partner were living on Robbie's estate for a while before recently moving off the land.

'They met through a mutual friend and Aaron would cut his hair.' A spokesman for Wiltshire Police said: 'It is not believed there are any suspicious circumstances surrounding the death but as enquiries are still ongoing it would not be appropriate to comment further.' Yesterday it emerged that Mr Vickers was declared bankrupt earlier this year.

A source claiming to be close to the family said the hairdresser had moved out of Williams' estate following a disagreement but that it was not directly between Mr Vickers and the pop star.

It also emerged that Mr Vickers had not cut Mr Williams' hair on a regular basis.

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