THE father of eight-year-old "little angel" Rosie has paid tribute to his daughter who tragically died from the flu last week.

Rosie's father, Christian Brealey, thanked the community for their compassion after her sudden death, in a statement released to the Herald Sun.

Rosie’s family is devastated by the loss of their “little angel”. Picture: Supplied
Rosie’s family is devastated by the loss of their “little angel”. Picture: Supplied

"We are devastated by the loss of our beautiful, loving little angel," Mr Brealey said.

"Words cannot describe the depths of our grief. We want to thank our friends and family and the broader community for all the messages of love and compassion. We are so grateful for your support.

"We urge everyone to get their kids immunised against the flu and ask only that our privacy is respected and our family given time and space to grieve."

The vivacious little girl died in Victoria's Angliss Hospital in Upper Ferntree Gully on Friday, just days after falling ill.

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