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Tributes paid to Luton supporter who died prior match at Birmingham

Tributes have been paid to a Luton Town supporter who sadly died prior the Championship match at Birmingham City on Saturday.

Birmingham City Police confirmed the death of a Hatters fan, who had planned to attend the fixture, but unfortunately suffered a cardiac arrest.

A cardiac arrest means that your heart suddenly stops beating, which cuts off blood flow to the brain and other organs.

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Birmingham City FC Police (@BCFC_WMP) tweeted: Sometimes football takes second place, very sadly a supporter suffered a cardiac arrest prior to the game today and despite the very best efforts of officers and paramedics the male sadly passed away, thoughts with his family and friends

Luton Town update their followers, saying: “We are so saddened to learn that we have lost a fellow Hatter before the game at Birmingham today.

“The love and thoughts of all at Kenilworth Road are with the family affected by this tragedy, and we will be in contact with them to offer the club’s support.”

What are the signs of a cardiac arrest?

A cardiac arrest usually happens without warning. If someone is in cardiac arrest, they collapse suddenly and:

  • will be unconscious
  • will be unresponsive and 
  • won’t be breathing or breathing normally – not breathing normally may mean they’re making gasping noises.

Without immediate treatment or medical attention, the person will die. If you see someone having a cardiac arrest, phone 999 immediately and start CPR.

How is a cardiac arrest treated?

Starting immediate CPR is vital as it keeps blood and oxygen circulating to the brain and around the body. A defibrillator will then deliver a controlled electric shock to try and get the heart beating normally again.

Public access defibrillators are often in locations like train stations and shopping centres. Anyone can use one and you don’t need training to do so. 

If you’re with someone who’s having a cardiac arrest, call 999, start CPR and use a defibrillator if there’s one nearby. Follow instructions from the 999 operator until emergency services take over.

As mentioned, tributes have been paid to the Luton supporter who died prior Saturday’s match at Birmingham…

@lou1875: Someone who sits by us witnessed this. Must have been awful for all involved. Thoughts are with his family and friends.

@iamjbohemia: This is tragic news. Thoughts and prayers are with his family 🌹

@doughbcfc: May he rest in peace. Thoughts are with his family and friends. 🙏

@OhWhenTheTown: Horrible news, RIP fellow hatter 🙏

@Gloryhornetboy: Nobody should ever go to football and not come home

@RoyCroppersCoat: When things like this happen it puts the result into perspective. My Condolences to his friends and family Also to those who witnessed it if you struggle to come to terms with what happened please talk to someone about it.

@blunoze13: Was very close to the incident today, well done to the two WMP officers who took control of the situation. Emergency services there within minutes but so sad that despite their best efforts the guy lost his life. Condolences to the family and to LTFC supporters, @BCFC_WMP

@chris2803: RIP from Cardiff. Noone should ever not come home from match. Thoughts with the family and friends.

@MapleHornet: Rivalries are secondary – RIP Hatter from a Hornet.

@FromMerrick: Sorry to hear this. My thoughts go out to the travelling Luton fans and the gentleman’s family 💙

@SWhithouse: My thoughts go out to the family, may he rest in peace. Keep right on Hatters fan, football is nothing without the love of the fans ❤️ may they be remembered for the good person they were!

@MISTERPDW: How tragic! RIP to the poor soul who lost their life today and sincere condolences to their family and friends. 🙏 Bill Shankly was massively wrong when he said Football is more important than life and death.

@petenemeth1989: Sometimes what happens on the pitch doesn’t matter when things like this happen off it. Thoughts are with everyone involved

@Amy09424661: I saw the ambulances on the corner travelling towards the ground. May he rest in peace. God bless. Condolences to his family and friends

@SimonBrownhill2: Oh no. I’ve cardiac arrested and was so luck to survive. I hope his family and friends can take comfort in time with that performance and result, as sad as it is right now. KRO 💙

@lynne276: i collapsed walking up to blues before the blackburn game just over 6 year’s ago and had a cardiac arrest next day in hospital, i’m also very lucky to have survived, awful news💙#KRO

@Gudge62: Brings everything in to prospective, poor result, 2 cancelled trains and just missed connection. Sat in Crewe waiting for a delayed train and hear this sad news, RIP fellow Luton supporter.

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