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Video: Terminally-ill man who met Man United stars as part of his bucket list has died

Published 17/12/2015 | 07:41

Michael Carrick with the Cooper family
Michael Carrick with the Cooper family

Terminally ill Manchester United fan Tom Cooper, who was given the day of his life when he visited the club’s Carrington training base with his daughters, has died.

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Tom, 28, suffered from Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma since 2011, a rare form of cancer that spread across his body and for which there is no more treatment available.

It had been his dream to meet the Manchester United squad and he was nominated by followers of his Facebook page for this special treat.

Manager Louis van Gaal and his assistant Ryan Giggs took part in an event that showed a caring side of football that is rarely seen in the modern game.

Michael Carrick presented Tom with a shirt, signed by the entire squad, and he then stayed behind to have a kick-about with his daughters Tienna, eight and Ziani, five and even made ‘snow angels’ in the grass with them in a heartwarming video.

His wife Tammy revealed the tragic news of his death on Facebook.

She wrote: “I feel sad for Tom that his life has ended so young because he loved life and he doted on his girls.

“I do take great comfort in knowing that he is no longer suffering.

“Tom and I shared some of the best moments of my life.

“Myself, I feel empty and lost right now but thankful I have family to lean on.

“All of you supporters in one way or another have helped me and the girls to create precious memories with Tom that we will cherish forever.

“I would like to express my absolute gratitude to every single person who has offered help and support and words of encouragement throughout Tom’s battle.

“He fought so hard, right to the very end, showing bravery, courage and true grit and I can honestly say that I am extremely proud to be his wife.

“We will all miss him terribly but he will be forever in our hearts.”

Here is a reminder of his special day.

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