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LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A Southern California family is in mourning after their son, a UPS driver, died just a day after his 24th birthday.

The family of Esteban Chavez Jr. believes he may have died from heat stroke, after collapsing while delivering packages in the Pasadena area on a scorching day.

Records show Pasadena hit temperatures in the upper 90s on that day, June 25.

His family says Esteban apparently passed out in his truck in the early afternoon and there was at least a 20-minute gap before someone noticed and called for help.

"This is all so sudden," said his father, Esteban Chavez Sr. "He just turned 24 on Friday and he ended up passing away the day after, which was the 25th."

"It kind of hurts that I wasn't there to pick up my son. It hurts a lot. But I like to think God had a calling for him. They say the good die young. I'm sure my son was one of them."

"It hurts, it's a pain that's never gonna go away. And that's something I wish on nobody, having the experience to lose your child."

The coroner's office is still working to determine the official cause of Esteban's death. But his family hopes the tragedy can at least serve as a warning and reminder to others who work in the summer heat: Take precautions, drink plenty of water and keep cool.

A GoFundMe page has been established to help the Chavez family with funeral costs.

Not only was it the day after his birthday, but it was the second day after he had returned to work following a shoulder injury.

Esteban - who also went by "Stevie" or "Lil' Stevie" - had been working for UPS for four years, and loved his job. He hoped to stay and grow with the company, his family says.

A dedicated Dodger fan, one of the highlights of his job was delivering a package to manager Dave Roberts' home and snagging a selfie with him.

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A highlight of Esteban Chavez Jr.'s job working for UPS was delivering a package to Dodgers manager Dave Roberts.

UPS issued a statement:

"We are deeply saddened by the loss of our driver Esteban Chavez, and extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends. We are cooperating with the investigating authorities and are respectfully deferring questions about this incident to them."

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I’m an expert and there are key signs to know if someone is about to die – you can tell if they’re days or months away

A MEDICAL expert has revealed the signs to look out for that a loved one is dying, claiming that they can sometimes be spotted months in advance.

Physician Carol DeSarkissian reviewed WebMD's list of possible indicators that a terminally ill person is dying, including simple things like the person sleeping or snoozing more.

2Medical experts say signs can be spotted months awayCredit: Getty

Other early warning signs include eating/drinking less and talking less.

In the tragic cases of terminally ill children, the opposite can be true, with kids become more chatty as their condition worsens.

Patients can also experience more pain as well as changes in blood pressure, breathing rate and heart rate.

More signs include a change in colour of certain areas of skin around the knees, hands and feet.

A drop in temperature and difficulty breathing can also be an indicator

Regardless of symptoms, palliative care experts suggest that being present with your loved on is important.

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Many patients are likely to be comforted by the presence of friends or family, even if they can't express it.

Advice from Marie Curie said: "They may not respond when people talk to them or touch them.

"Even if someone does not respond to you, they may still be able to feel or hear you and be comforted by you being there."

The care charity also advised families to "do what feels right for you" when it comes to saying goodbye.

"Some people get worse more quickly than expected. So if there is something you want to say to your family member or friend, it's important to say it.

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"You may want to ask other family or friends to visit or say goodbye to your loved one. Or you might want to arrange for a religious or spiritual leader to visit.

"Not everyone wants to do this – and that's OK too. Some people might need time to rest between visitors and might find a large group of people overwhelming. Others might find it comforting to have people around."

2Symptoms include change in heart rate, breathing rate or appetiteCredit: Getty

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