Wednesday 26 April 2017

'His smile would light up any room' - Heartbroken family of young father (30) believe he suffered epileptic fit on city street

Ross Kavanagh (inset)
Ross Kavanagh (inset)

Cathal McMahon and Ralph Riegel

The family of a young father who died in hospital several hours after he was found unconscious on a city street believe he suffered an epileptic fit.

Ross Kavanagh, was discovered in a collapsed state in Gurranabraher, Cork City on Monday evening.

Paramedics managed to revive the 30-year-old at the scene and he was rushed to the Mercy University Hospital (MUH) but died a short time later despite efforts to stabilise his condition.

Now his heartbroken sister Simone has told Independent.ie she believes he suffered a fit.

"He was diagnosed with epilepsy three weeks ago. He died from a fit then, only 30 years old."

Simone explained that the family were devastated to learn the news of his death on Monday.

"We are heartbroken because he was loved by everyone. You would have to know him and his funny ways to know how heartbroken we are tonight."

Asked to describe her brother Simone said: "He was the oldest boy, the first child. He loved his mam, dad, brothers and sisters. He had two sons.

"He was always up for a craic and loved going to the pub with friends. He was the best you could ever get, a one of a kind a gentleman. His smile would light up any room he walked into."

In a tragic twist Simone explained how Ross was preparing for the festive season: "He had his Christmas clothes hanging up, he loved his clothes."

She added: "He will always be remembered by his heartbroken family.

Gardai began examining the area where the man's body was found and an address at which he had been living following Monday's discovery.

They have also appealed for public help in tracing his last movements.

He is originally from the Mount St Joseph's area.

A post mortem exam concluded that his death was not suspicious and a file will now be prepared for the coroner.

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