Dad-of-two dies suddenly after injuring himself using loft ladder at new home

Tributes have been paid to a devoted dad-of-two who died after injuring himself using a loft ladder at his new home.

Paul Rees somehow "twisted himself" and was "in pain" as he moved the ladder on Friday.

The 28-year-old from Carmarthen was taken to hospital and was discharged with painkillers, however on Sunday he was taken back in agony where he died.

The cause of his death has not yet been confirmed, reports Wales Online.

Paul, who was captain of an amateur football team, is now being remembered by distraught family and friends.

He leaves behind his partner Amy Skinner and two children, six-year-old Riley Jay and 18-month-old daughter Daisy Joy.

His father Eryl Rees, speaking from the family home in Carmarthen, said: “It is terribly sad and a shock.

“He and Amy had just bought a house together in town and were going to move in.

“On Friday, he was moving the loft ladder at their new home and twisted himself somehow and was in pain. I took him to the hospital and he came home with painkillers.

"He was good on Saturday and then Sunday he was in pain again, so I took him back to the hospital.

“He died in hospital but the circumstances of how are unclear.

“He loved sport and had played not only football but rugby too. In football he was a referee’s worst nightmare – if something wasn’t right Paul would say.”

Paul led FC Carmarthen in Divison 4 of the Carmathenshire League and had played rugby at junior, youth and senior level with Carmarthen Athletic RFC as well as stints with Scarlets youth, Carmarthen Quins RFC and Mynyddygarreg RFC.

He worked as a grounds keeper at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David in Carmarthen and other campuses.

FC Carmarthen manager Adam Butler said the club is "distraught" at the news and will be retiring the number six jersey in the player's honour.

“It is with complete shock that we sadly announce our club captain Paul Rees has passed away," said Adam.

“Paul loved his family, especially his two children and partner Amy, who he doted on. Paul had plenty of time for his teammates and he tried to find positives in everything at all the clubs he played through the decades.

“The club is absolutely distraught at this very difficult time but we thank everyone for their kind messages.

“He was a true leader who loved the club with a passion and the beating heart among the starting 11. RIP skipper.”

Other teams have also paid tribute to Paul.

As a youngster he played for Johnstown FC, who described him as "a great player" and said in a statement: “We as a club are sorry to hear of the sudden death of FC Carmarthen club captain Paul Rees.

"Paul was a mini and Junior player at Johnstown and from back then was a great player. We send our condolences to his family who he loved so much and all at FC Carmarthen. RIP pal.”

A spokesman for Llangennech AFC said: “We are shocked to learn of the passing of club captain, Paul Rees. Our sympathy and condolences are extended to his family, friends and teammates at FC Carmarthen.

“It is heart-warming to read the many kind messages of love and support for Paul’s family and friends.

“To retire the number six jersey also speaks volumes of how highly he was thought of and is a lovely gesture in his memory.”

Llanelli’s West End United in the same division as FC Carmarthen. They said on social media: “Today we put our competitive rivalry aside.

“As a football club West End would like to give our condolences to FC Carmarthen, and all the family and friends of Paul Rees.

“Such saddening news, some things are bigger than football.”

Carmarthen Athletic RFC paid tribute on Twitter by saying: “Devastating news of the tragic passing of a young man taken far too early.

“Our heartfelt condolences are conveyed to the family of former junior, youth and senior player Paul Rees.

“His sudden and tragic passing is a great shock to all. RIP dear Paul.”

FC Carmarthen will hold an minute’s silence and minute’s applause ahead of Saturday’s cup semi-final at Graig Campus in Llanelli, when his No. 6 shirt will be retired.

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