Death at the Olympic Games

Aug 08, 2012, 07:31 IST | Agencies

49-year-old British super fan, who had tickets to every day of the Games, dies from heart attack after watching Team GB win gold in cycling

An Olympics super fan who had tickets for every day of the Games has died from a suspected heart attack after watching Team GB win gold in the cycling.

Sports mad Conrad Readman (49), had booked two weeks off work to enjoy the amazing spectacle. He had already enjoyed a busy schedule including the opening ceremony, rowing and more than a dozen events.

Collapse: Sports mad Conrad Readman was found in the toilets during Victoria Pendleton’s cycle event. Pic/Getty Images

However, Readman was found collapsed in the toilets at the velodrome shortly after watching Team GB win gold in the men’s pursuit gold medal in a world record time and Victoria Pendleton’s thrilling win in the women’s keirin.

He was rushed to hospital on Friday but was later pronounced dead. The chartered accountant, from Colchester in Essex, lived with and cared for, his elderly mother Joan.

She said: “Conrad had been looking forward to the Olympics ever since it was announced and there was never a day he was not excited about it. He was coming home every night so excited and telling me about everything he had done during the day.”

Officers from the Met Police broke the tragic news to her. She added, “My neighbour came and held my hand and they told me he had a heart attack. He had never had a problem with his heart and had not been to a doctor in 15 years.”

She added, “He died doing something he loved so I am happy he was where he was, but I can’t watch any of it now. I had it on all day, every day but I can’t bear it now — it’s so sad.” Employer and friend Tim Peyton said, “I have worked with him since 1982 and am shocked. He was a lynchpin for us. Clients and staff liked him. He will be sorely missed.” Readman was also a season ticket holder for Tottenham Hotspur and had watched England’s football team play around the world. 

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