Inquest hears how 30-year-old father-of-two Philip Standing dies suddenly playing cricket

Young sportsman Philip Standing dies suddenly at Lords during cricket game

Young sportsman Philip Standing dies suddenly at Lords during cricket game

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A sports-mad father of twin boys tragically collapsed and died playing cricket at Lords, an inquest heard.

Philip Standing, 30, a successful chartered accountant with Ernst and Young, was playing cricket with colleagues at Lords' indoor hall in June this year when he complained of feeling unwell.

After sitting down, Mr Standing collapsed to the floor and despite Lords medical staff, and later paramedics trying to revive him, he was pronounced dead in hospital an hour later.

At Westminster Coroners Court today, the family of Mr Standing, including his wife of five years Kate Standing, heard how he died from heart disease.

Mrs Standing, 31, said after the inquest: "I think I'm still in shock. We had absolutely no idea he had heart disease. It came totally out of the blue. Phil was one of life's greats, a true gentleman, a loyal friend and perfect in everything that he did."

"To the world Phil was one person, but to me he was my world."

"I want to make him proud of me, and the boys proud.  It's for them I get up every morning."

Statements from witnesses Brenda Flemming and Christopher Hogg, who were at the cricket match, were read in court. 

The inquest heard how Mr Standing had just finished bowling an over and was leaving the field.

"Only moments before leaving the field he was chatting and joking and had not shown any signs of feeling unwell."

"Someone gave him a bottle of water but before he managed to drink it he dropped it and fell face-first off the chair he was sitting on."

"He was convulsing. He was breathing and groaning at this point."

Accident and Emergency Doctor at St Mary's Hospital Julian Redhead said Mr Standing was suffering a heart attack when he arrived at hospital.

Westminster Coroners Officer Kim Bedwell said: "He achieved a lot in his short life. He enjoyed Greek sailing holidays where his laughter echoed around the resort."

In ruling a death by natural causes, Coroner Jean Harkin said: "Phillip was a young, well-liked, very sporty man who loved sport and was playing it when he had a cardiac event."

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