Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

He Had a Great of Humour , Was Always (...); Tributes to Superfit Lad of 22 Who Went to Bed: But Never Woke Up - a Victim of a Hidden Heart Defect

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

He Had a Great of Humour , Was Always (...); Tributes to Superfit Lad of 22 Who Went to Bed: But Never Woke Up - a Victim of a Hidden Heart Defect

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Byline: LISA HUTCHINSON

A HIDDEN heart condition is thought to have killed a superfit lad of 22 found dead in his bed.

Fun-loving Sean Farrell seemed a picture of health but it's feared he had an underlying defect no one knew about.

Standing at 6ft 6in he was a keen swimmer, runner and was a regular at the gym.

But Sean went to bed and never woke up.

Today his grieving family paid tribute to him and, wiping away her tears, mam Moira, said: "I will miss everything about him. He was unique, he had a great sense of humour, was always laughing and a had a wonderful smile. We just had a great relationship.

"Every parent thinks they will go before their son, we can't believe it. He was fit and healthy but he went to bed and that was it.

"An inquest has been opened and adjourned into his death and they say it could be a possible heart condition that he suffered from and we didn't know about it. It was sudden and it's frustrating not having an exact answer as yet. We are now waiting for tests to tell us what it was," added Mrs Farrell, 48, of Lyndhurst, Gateshead.

Sean was working with his dad Terry, 47, in Norwich. They are CCTV operatives who specialise in drain surveys and repair work.

They travelled there on January 17 and were staying in a hotel where Sean was sharing a room with a work colleague and his father with another workmate.

On January 18 they went to bed as normal, but Sean failed to wake up. His colleague found him and resuscitation efforts were made, but nothing could be done.

Mrs Farrell, a social worker, said: "Sean was a keen Newcastle United fan. He loved them from being small. at his funeral we have asked for everyone to wear a black and white flower as a mark of respect."

Sean's brother Stephen, 30, of Deckham, Gateshead, said: "His coffin will be carried in to the music of Mark Knopfler's Local Hero because that is the music they play when Newcastle United go on to the pitch. It is very poignant for us as he was our hero."

Sean attended St Edmund Campion School in Wrekenton, leaving at 18. He was a lifeguard at Gateshead Leisure Centre before going to Northumbria University where he studied building and surveying. But he took time out from his studies and went to Australia and Thailand with a group of friends in a campervan for six months.

On his return he took on a number of jobs before joining his dad.

Sean was also devoted to girlfriend Terri Baldwin, 23, of Birtley.

Moira added: "Their love was still very new and they giggled at everything. They had a future together."

Stephen added: "I was Sean's big brother who looked after him. After this happened I've been thinking a lot and was trying to think of a time we had an argument and we never did. We just understood each other. …

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