A DAD has died of a blood clot after his 12-year-old son was crushed to death by a goalpost and his 18-year-old daughter was killed in a car crash.
Nick Breese died suddenly in the third tragedy to hit the Welsh family.
Nick Breese, pictured with his wife Shan after the death of the couple’s son, has died at the age of 61 from a blood clot[/caption]
Casey, 12, was killed when a goalpost fell on him as he played football with friends[/caption]
It comes after the deaths of his “cheeky and bubbly” son Casey, who died playing football with pals in 2011, and “beautiful” daughter Kelly, killed two years later when her car hit a tree.
Loved ones are rallying around Nick’s devastated wife Shan and his daughters Laura and Natasha in the wake of the horror.
Nick’s niece Ffion James, who was close with her cousins who grew up in Clatter, Powys, told WalesOnline Casey was in goal when he got his foot stuck in the net.
“As you do, you tug it out, and while he was doing so the goalpost toppled down,” she said.
“It was a metal one and it landed on his back so he was flat on his stomach on the floor.
“He was with a couple of his mates and they were only around 11 or 12 at the time. The goal post was that heavy that they couldn’t lift it off him.”
Paramedics rushed to the playing field and the Welsh Air Ambulance landed nearby, but tragically Casey couldn’t be saved.
‘Bubbly’ Casey was in goal when he was killed by the post[/caption]
“He always had a smile on his face. If you saw him he would put his thumbs up. That’s the thing he would always do,” Ffion said.
Two years later, in October 2013, Kelly died in a crash on a rural B-road.
Ffion said her older cousin was a “beautiful soul” and called her death a “massive shock”.
Her uncle Nick, a builder, then died at the age of 61 after suffering a blood clot on his lung.
He was called a “loving husband” and “dearly-loved dad” as news of his death was announced.
Ffion said: “It was a complete shock.
“He just had a bit of what he thought was indigestion, a tight chest. He was working at the time and didn’t feel right and he ended up being taken into hospital by ambulance.
“We had a phone call saying things aren’t looking good and he was in hospital and probably an hour later we had a phone call saying he’d passed away from a blood clot on the lung
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“He was fine, you wouldn’t know any different really.”
Ffion has since raised more than £3,000 for the Welsh Air Ambulance and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool to mark the deaths of her loved ones.
- Sun readers can donate to Ffion’s fundraising campaign here.