Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

The House Was Always in Uproar. He Was Always So Full of Fun

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

The House Was Always in Uproar. He Was Always So Full of Fun

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TRIBUTES have been paid to a popular teenage football fanatic who tragically died playing the game he loved.

Talented Acklam Grange pupil Joshua Brudenell was having a kickabout with friends on Whinney Banks fields when he suddenly collapsed at 6pm on Tuesday.

The 16-year-old was treated at the scene by paramedics and taken to James Cook University Hospital but despite frantic efforts doctors could not resuscitate Joshua.

The gifted young sportsman, who excelled at football, basketball and cross-country running, died late on Tuesday night.

An avid Manchester United fan, Joshua had lived with foster parents June and Keith Jolly for two-and-a-half years following the deaths of both his natural parents.

His dad John Brudenell - commonly known as Jake or Jakey and a former supporters' chief with Middlesbrough Bears speedway club - died aged 55 following a triple heart bypass. His mum Susan died aged 32.

Despite the tragedies Joshua continued to work hard at his studies and was preparing for his GCSEs.

On Monday, the night before he died, Joshua visited Middlesbrough College to enrol on media and business studies courses at A-Level. He had already been accepted on to a football coaching course.

June, 60, of Manton Avenue, Whinney Banks, who with her husband Keith, 62, cares for two other boys, 15-year-old Jason and a younger boy, said: "It happened after school. He had been in and had his tea. He was absolutely fine. He had been out about an hour playing football and then he collapsed.

"Jason rang an ambulance and did everything he could to help Josh.

"The ambulance was there in minutes and took him to hospital. They kept trying but they couldn't get his heart going again."

June continued: "Josh was always a big part of this family. We all loved him very much. He and Jason were like brothers, they did everything together, they were very close. …

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