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Heartbreak for family as dad of two dies suddenly on Christmas Day

A father-of-two died suddenly on Christmas Day from an undiagnosed brain aneurysm, just hours after happily playing with his young children.

Mark Cox, 38, didn’t smoke or drink and had no signs of illness in the run-up to his family Christmas.

The legal executive played games and wore matching pyjamas with his children Lily, 12, and Connor, 9, on Christmas Eve in anticipation of the next morning.

But he woke at 6am at his home in Tonteg, south Wales, with a pain in his head.

His wife Tracey, 36, realised how serious it was and called an ambulance, administering CPR while waiting for the paramedics to arrive.

Mark was then rushed to hospital in Cardiff where he later died from a brain aneurysm.

His younger sister Natalie Nash said: ‘It was a complete shock. Mark was pretty healthy and never smoked or drank. It was completely out of the blue.’

Natalie had formed a bubble with the young family so she could spend Christmas Day with them.

‘It’s just heart-breaking,’ she said. ‘Mark was loved by so many people – he was so kind and caring and had so many friends.’

She has now launched a GoFundMe page to raise money for Tracey, who had been with Mark for 15 years and married to him for 10 years.

Her target of £7,000 was passed by Monday morning with tributes from shocked well-wishers.

She said: ‘The family are distraught. Mark was loved by all that met him; he was kind, caring, funny, sociable and the wittiest person I knew. He was a crucial part of our family and will be missed so much.

‘My sister, Tracey and her young children, Lily and Connor, who had their worlds completely turned upside down this Christmas. This year has been unbelievably tough and we want to make sure they know that they have as much support as possible during this horrific time

‘It’s to cover any funeral costs or other bills. I just wanted to take away the financial burden. Tracey has been overwhelmed with the support and kindness she’s received from people and can’t thank them enough.’

Anyone who would like to support the family can visit the GoFundMe page.

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