11 heartwarming tributes to Sunderland dad Jamie Crighton

Jamie Crighton with his daughter Ellie.
Jamie Crighton with his daughter Ellie.
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Tributes have been pouring in for a loving dad who has died suddenly.

Sunderland supporter Jamie Crighton, 25, known to the Southwick community as “The Gentle Giant” collapsed and died while waiting for his food to be served at a city centre takeaway.

Jamie Crighton with his dad Arthur Crighton.

Jamie Crighton with his dad Arthur Crighton.

Despite the best efforts of the door staff at nearby Illusions nightclub, in Holmeside, who ran to the scene when hearing the cries of the staff at the takeaway, Jamie didn’t survive.

The dad-of-one, who had hoped to become a soldier, had struggled for six years with severe mental health problems and had tried to commit suicide at least 15 times, including once plunging a 10in knife into his stomach.

His heartbroken dad, Arthur Crighton, 54, said although the family still waiting for test results, it looks as if Jamie, who was dad to five-year-old Ellie, had suffered a heart attack due to the strain he had put his body under, with numerous overdoses and the cocktail of medication he was on.

Arthur, said his 6ft 9in son, a former Monkwearmouth Academy pupil, was a kind and beautiful boy who everyone loved.

Dozens of readers have offered their condolences to Jamie’s devastated family.

On the Echo’s Facebook page, Sara Kate Scott wrote: “So sad I hope he can now rest in peace my thoughts go out to his family x.”

Jo Lawrence wrote: “So very sad.”

Lizzie Brown said: “RIP Jamie thinking of the family so sad xx.”

Lauren Jarvis wrote: “Heartbreaking story! RIP Jamie thoughts are with your family.”

Kelly Harrison said: “R.I.P Jamie such sad news.”

Nicola Milton said: “God love him.”

Norma Carr wrote: “So so sad. Thinking of his lovely family.”

Teresa Brenkley said: “Very sad R.I.P Jamie thoughts are with your family x.”

Anthony Calvert said: “R.I.P mate.”

Kyle Roney added: “Very good lad will be missed R.I.P bud.”

And Jade Tansey wrote: “Should try to get a minute’s round of applause in the 25th minute of the next home match.

“Such a shame this young lad has lost his life x.”