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Coventry City fan Richard Bunt dies in tragic accident on holiday in Poland

Correspondent 19th Jun, 2017 Updated: 19th Jun, 2017

THE family of lifelong Sky Blues fan Richard Bunt have announced their ‘wonderful son” and “loving husband” died in a tragic accident on holiday last week.

Coventry City Football Club have sent their condolences on their website today.

His family also announced Richard’s final act was to donate his organs to save six people.

The 33-year old passed away in Krakow, Poland, where he was on holiday with family members and friends.

In April, Richard was among more than 40,000 Coventry City fans at Wembley for the Checkatrade Trophy Final victory.

It is understood Leamington-born Mr Bunt, who grew up in Kenilworth, fell from his vehicle whilst being taken to their accommodation.

A statement from Richard’s family, published on the CCFC website, said: “It is with deep sadness that we announce the loss of our wonderful son, Richard, who died on Tuesday, June 13 after a tragic accident in Krakow, Poland.

“He brought so much happiness to our lives and was a loving husband, caring son and brother, friend and colleague.

“Richard affected so many lives with his love, his brilliant humour and everyday acts of kindness. We take great strength from knowing that his final gift was his greatest of all – donating his organs to save six people – giving other families so much joy and hope.

“He will always be treasured by us and by everyone who knew him and we are immensely proud of the man he was.

“We would like to thank all the kind people who helped and prayed for Richard and also thank our family and friends around the world.

“We ask that our family’s privacy is respected at this time.”

Richard is survived by his wife Lucy (32), his younger brother and best friend Andrew (29), his parents Ann and Nigel and a large number of family and friends.

He fell out of the vehicle while trying to retrieve his sunglasses and hit his head. After treatment on the scene he was taken to Krakow University Hospital and had surgery to stop a bleed on the brain.

Following the surgery he was placed in a coma but tragically his injuries were too severe. After extensive tests, doctors – in consultation with specialists in the UK – confirmed he was clinically dead.

In his final hours, Richard donated his organs to help Polish people in desperate need of a transplant.

The transplants helped both men and women patients in Poland and doctors confirmed he helped six people and the impact of this action was immeasurable.

Richard went to St Augustine’s RC Primary School and Princethorpe College (1995-2002) and then graduated with a BA in International Business Studies from Sheffield Hallam University.

After graduating in 2006, he spent a short time working locally for Chinasearch– where he met the love of his life, Lucy.

He then moved to Nuco International in Meriden (2007-09) before relocating to London where he worked for Amazon (2009-16) and then moved to Mail Newspapers (2016-17).

In May this year he became Sales and Marketing Director for Timex Group UK in London.

He lived in Stepney, London, with Lucy, who he married in May 2015.

 

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