A Liverpool fan who suffered life-changing accidents within the Hillsborough catastrophe has been confirmed because the 97th sufferer of the tragedy following his demise this week.
In an announcement the household of Andrew Devine, 55, mentioned he died on Tuesday, 32 years after he was badly harm on the FA Cup semi-final on April 15 1989.
The assertion mentioned: “It’s with nice unhappiness and a way of immense loss that we are able to affirm that Andrew Devine handed away yesterday on the untimely age of 55.
“Our collective devastation is overwhelming however so too is the realisation that we have been blessed to have had Andrew with us for 32 years for the reason that Hillsborough tragedy.
“We welcome the conclusion of the coroner, Mr Andre Rebello, made at this time at Liverpool Coroner’s Courtroom, that Andrew was unlawfully killed, making him the 97th fatality of the tragic occasions that occurred on April 15, 1989.
“Within the intervening years, Andrew has been a a lot beloved son, brother and uncle. He has been supported by his household and a workforce of devoted carers, all of whom devoted themselves to him.
“As ever, our ideas are with all of these affected by Hillsborough.
“We’d ask that our privateness is revered at this unhappy time.”
In a separate assertion Liverpool FC mentioned they have been “deeply saddened” by his demise.
A spokesman mentioned: “A lifelong Liverpool supporter, Andrew continued to attend matches at Anfield when attainable regardless of struggling life-changing accidents at Hillsborough on April 15 1989.
“In doing so he defied expectations that he wouldn’t survive for six months after the tragedy.”
In 2016, an inquest jury dominated 96 Liverpool followers had been unlawfully killed within the Hillsborough catastrophe.
Match commander David Duckenfield was cleared of gross negligence manslaughter at a retrial in November 2019, after the jury in his first trial was unable to achieve a verdict.
Earlier this yr, the trial of retired cops Donald Denton and Alan Foster and former pressure solicitor Peter Metcalf, who have been accused of perverting the course of justice following the catastrophe, collapsed after a decide dominated there was no case to reply.