May 20 2013 Latest news:
by hollie-rae merrick
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
FRIENDS have come forward to pay tribute to a “wonderful man” who died after falling asleep on his partner’s shoulder.
Neil Hammett, 28, of Fore Street, Ipswich, died after suffering three seizures on Valentine’s Day.
His family believe he developed epilepsy after breaking a leg two years ago and suffering with deep vein thrombosis, which they think caused blood clots that eventually reached his brain.
Today, friends of the former Suffolk New College drama student paid tribute to him.
Commenting on The Ipswich Star’s Facebook page, Chris Steele paid tribute to the 28-year-old.
He said: “A sad loss of a wonderful man.
“My thoughts are with his family including his partner who is a good friend.”
Aly Toogood said: “Rest peacefully Hun.”
An inquest was opened and adjourned yesterday. A date for the full inquest has not been set yet.
In yesterday’s Star, Mr Hammett’s partner Paul Sutton described him as a “lovely guy”.
The couple, who were planning to marry after being together for three-and-a-half years, had exchanged cards and gifts just hours before Mr Hammett died.
He fell asleep on Mr Sutton’s shoulder but never regained consciousness.
Neil is survived by Mr Sutton, his mum Chrstine, brothers Paul, Glen and Ricky and sisters Claire and Lisa.
Mr Hammett had dreams of becoming a teacher but was left blighted by health problems after suffering a broken leg when he fell down stairs.