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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -

Following a weekend explosion at the Shady Rest Apartments in Cedar Falls, family and friends are mourning the loss of a man who died.

Police confirm 43-year-old Matt Ferleman died from his injuries last night.
After being rescued from his apartment yesterday afternoon, he was later air-lifted to Iowa City.

Friends tell KWWL, Matt Ferleman was a helping hand to those in need.

"I honestly don't know what I am going to do or who I am going to call when I need those two extra hands. I'm like lost. I really don't know what I am going to do," said Candy Vaughn, a close friend of Matt's.
 

Vaughn and friends gathered to remember the man they say was always there for them.

 If he wasn't lending a helping hand, he was watching over the local children.
 "They cried themselves to sleep last night. It broke my heart. We just lost one of our best friends. What are we going to do with out Matt? And I'm going I don't know what I am going to do with out Matt," said Vaughn

 but Matt was not with out his demons.

"He struggled, I mean everybody knows Matt struggled with alcohol, but everybody has their own issues and their own struggles. And when he wasn't drinking, He was the best guy ever. you'd want him by your side," said Vaughn.

Saturday was Candy's birthday, but instead of the planned birthday party, Matt was meant to attend, instead she said good bye to a close friend.
"Seen them putting him in the ambulance and I jumped in the back of the ambulance just to tell him that I loved him and he wasn't alone and to hang in there," recalled Vaughn.

There have been a lot of rumors as to the cause of the explosion.
 Officials say the explosion is likely related to a gas leak, but the cause is under investigation by the state fire marshal.

Eight residents are receiving help from the American Red Cross, until they can go back in their homes.
It is unclear when they will be allowed back.
The damage will be reviewed on Monday.
 

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