The daughter of a man who died of a heart attack during Saturday’s Championship game at Craven Cottage in south-west London has paid a moving tribute to ‘the nicest man’. Clare Parish has tweeted about her father Paul Parish’s fatal heart attack during Fulham’s game against Blackpool (January 29), revealing an off-duty doctor desperately tried to resuscitate him.
MyLondon understands that the game was 12 mins in with Fulham a goal when Parish collapsed with cardiac arrest. He was treated at the scene by medics from both teams before being stretched and taken by ambulance to Charing Cross Hospital where he later died.
In her statement, Clare Parish said: “This thread is something I never thought I would write when I woke up yesterday morning and I hope my numbed mind can piece together the words to convey some of what we feel as a family today. The first and only thing to say, really, is THANK YOU.”
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She added: “Thank you to the off-duty medic in the green t-shirt dripping with sweat after trying so hard to save the life of my wonderful, handsome father. Thanks to the on and off-pitch medics in Blackpool and Fulham who helped revive my father after his first arrest.
“To the fans who held up the flags to protect my dad, the crowd who helped clear the catwalk to allow dad the best possible care.”
She also thanked the first responders, fans and stadium staff who comforted her, as well as Imperial’s hospital staff.
In a moving tribute to her father, she added: “My dad was the kindest and sweetest man. He did everything for his family. He was our rock and we will miss him, love him and we will love him. cherish our precious memories with him every day.”
“Sleep well dad. I know you’ll be sitting on a cloud above the Cottage on game days looking down on us.”
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In a statement, Fulham FC said: “It is with immense sadness that we inform the fans of the death of supporter Paul Parish.
“Paul suffered cardiac arrest and was treated at Hammersmith Stand during this afternoon’s game before being taken to hospital. He sadly passed away this evening.
“Our condolences and the thoughts of everyone at Fulham Football Club go out to Paul’s family, friends and loved ones.
“The family would like to thank the fans at Fulham and Blackpool for the respect and care shown and all the staff at Craven Cottage and the hospital for their help, care and attention.
“Rest in peace Paul.”
Blackpool added on Twitter: “We are all deeply saddened to learn of Paul’s passing. Our thoughts and condolences are with Paul’s family and everyone connected to @FulhamFC at this time.”
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