Tributes have poured in for an "amazing" dad who collapsed and died during a football match.
Roger Izzard, 39, suffered a fatal cardiac arrest while playing at Goals in Northampton on Tuesday last week (October 20), Northants Live reports.
The father-of-two was rushed to Northampton General Hospital after his heart stopped for 20 minutes and he had to be resuscitated. His life support machine was eventually switched off two days later, while he was surrounded by loved ones.
Friends and teammates have launched a JustGiving page to help support his widow Becky, 35, and their two young children Bethany, eight, and Archie, four.
Heartbroken Becky said: "I just wanted to say a huge heartfelt thank you to everyone who has helped, supported, sent messages, phone calls, sent cards, flowers, gifts for the kids.
"We are all very overwhelmed by everyone's kindness singe Roger's devastatingly heartbreaking passing.
"I am truly blown away by all the support and can't thank you enough.
"Rog was an incredible husband, my best friend, my rock and our children's amazing Daddy. We miss him more than words could ever say."
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Roger's dad Chris, 64, added: "Becky told me that on Sunday my grandson Archie said he had counted all his pennies to buy daddy some batteries to help him get better.
"It was a four-year-old's beautiful logic. I hope that sometime soon we can all laugh at that but, at the moment, it reduced us all to tears.
"My message to all parents is to always be available and do not take life for granted. Let your kids know how much you love them as we cannot turn back the clock of life.
"I look back at Roger's 39 years and despite the very many things we all did together, I worry I should have done more.
"As a family, we would like to thank the incredible number of people who are giving to help Becky, Bethany and Archie."
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