Dale Rogers’s mum has spoken of her shock at his death, after the 29-year-old collapsed at home on April 2 and his partner was unable to resuscitate him.
She called his condition a “killer” and said she had hoped she wouldn’t lose him to epilepsy.
Dale, who was described as a “family man” by his mum Deborah, had suffered from severe fits due to epilepsy for the past four and a half years, although it is not yet confirmed how the young dad died, the Plymouth Herald reports.
The 29-year-old, who previously worked in the dockyard, devoted his life to his five-year-old daughter Lilly, who he “loved so much”.
Mum Deborah said: “Dale has had epilepsy for almost five years, but doctors couldn’t find a way to control it. He was on a lot of medication and it had been a battle.
“He would have around three fits a week – his body just couldn’t take it anymore – epilepsy is a killer but people just aren’t aware.
“Dale was great. He had such a dry sense of humour and loved life. He cared about us all and always made sure we were all ok.
“He was inseparable from his partner, Kim. I’m going to miss everything about him – he was a big part of our life and I saw him every day.
“[Dale’s death] was completely unexpected but I did feel that one day I would lose him to it [epilepsy] – I always hoped it wouldn’t come to that.”
Deborah and Dale’s dad Kevin had gone up to Jennycliff at the weekend with Dale’s daughter and their other grandchildren, who all let off red balloons with notes attached to their uncle and dad.
Three-hundred red balloons – the colour of Liverpool football team which he supported – will be let off.
It’s also a way for the family to raise awareness of epilepsy and donations will be put towards research into the condition.