A father died from ‘complications with tonsillitis’ just days after returning from a trip to Amsterdam.
Mark Bramley, 34, complained of a severe sore throat during his three-day trip to Amsterdam in March and spent most of it bed-bound and taking paracetamol for the pain.
Mark who was described as ‘salt of the earth’ and said to be loved by all that met him returned home on March 15 and collapsed on the floor of his kitchen.
Mark Bramley was bed bound for most of his trip to Amsterdam on March 13 with his fiancee Charley Miller after complaining of a severe sore throat. The couple are pictured together
He was discovered unconscious by Ms Miller who frantically gave him CPR in a bid to revive him.
Paramedics rushed Mr Bramley, of Hucknall, Nottinghamshire to hospital but doctors were unable to save him and turned off his life-support machine a day later, before Ms Miller lay by his side one last time.
Ms Miller told Nottinghamshire Live: ‘It was very sudden. We have not got a cause of death yet but we think what has happened is his throat has swelled that much it has stopped the oxygen and he could not breathe.
‘Men are very stubborn and don’t want to go to the doctors. It just goes to show that any little thing should be looked into.
‘He probably thought it would get better. He was taking paracetamol, but he did not expect to die.’
She said that Mark suffers from sore throat a lot but ‘doctors would not take out his tonsils’.
She explained that the cause of Mark’s death has not yet been determined but it is thought that ‘his throat swelled so much it stopped his oxygen meaning he couldn’t breathe’.
She added that she thought Mark ‘probably thought it would get better’ and ‘did not expect to die’.
Mark is a keen Nottingham Forest Fan and used to manage amateur football team Hucknall Town FC reserves, whom he played left-back for
The couple, who have a daughter together, 11-month-old, Gracie Rae, met while working together at garden manufacturing company Doff Portland Limited
Mark proposed when the pair were enjoying a holiday to Barcelona.
Miss Miller said he was ‘really fun, a star, a genuine, lovely guy’, adding that they have never been apart since they met met and he made her laugh every day.
Mark is a Nottingham Forest season ticket holder and used to manage amateur football team Hucknall Town FC reserves, whom he played left-back for.
Friends are holding a charity football match in Mark’s honour.
One of the teams is one he set up himself called Doree Bonner and will be made up of his old school friends.
Paramedics rushed Mr Bramley, of Hucknall, Nottinghamshire to hospital but doctors were unable to save him and turned off his life-support machine a day later, before Ms Miller lay by his side one last time. The couple, who have a daughter together, 11-month-old, Gracie Rae, met while working together at garden manufacturing company Doff Portland Limited
Tom Raynor, 39, of Hucknall , who is one of Mark’s best friends, said that he met Mark when he was 22 and ‘he was like a little brother’ to him.
He added there is not one person that I know that had a bad word to say about Mark and that he had a distinctive smile every time he saw him.
Mark also helped run the reserve team at amateur side Basford United FC.
Tommy Brookbanks, director of football for Basford United FC, said it is ‘horrendous news’ and Mark ‘was a great lad’.
Gary Stones, former assistant manager for Hucknall Town Football Club who is now retired, said: ‘He is the same age as my lad and went on to manage Doree Bonner.’
Mark’s funeral was held on April 15.
The memorial football match and family day will be held at Hucknall Town FC on Sunday, May 26, between 4pm to 11pm.