Tributes have been pouring in for a much-loved father, son and rugby player who died suddenly on Monday morning. He was 30 years old.
Ben Benn, a resident of Siddal, Halifax in West Yorkshire died unexpectedly according to his mother who confirmed his passing on a fundraising campaign :
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“As many of you already [know] about the sad passing of our beloved Ben Benn passed away on 22.08.2022″
“It has completely shocked our family, friends, and people who had the honor of playing rugby with. He will be missed by so so many people.”
Ben was a huge rugby fan and had played for a host of local league and union teams including Huddersfield Giants and Bradford Bulls according to the Halifax courier
Ben’s mum Mandy Rathmell-Benn said she has been left “broken” by her son’s death.
She has been inundated with messages from people who knew and loved Ben.
“Everybody has said he always made everyone laugh,” she said. “He was so witty and funny.
“We went out for a meal on Friday in Sowerby Bridge and he just had everyone laughing.
“He was a brilliant dad. He and his son had such a close bond.
“I didn’t realise how well-known he was but I’ve had so many messages, some from people I don’t know but who knew Ben.”
Ben, a former Park Lane High School pupil, had been playing rugby since he was a child.
His teams included Siddal ARLFC, Fax, Bradford Bulls and Huddersfield Giants.
He took a short break from the sport but had recently begun playing again for Halifax RUFC’s 1st XV Men.
Michael Botting, from the team, was a close friend and had known Ben since primary school.
He said everyone at the club has been left “shocked and devastated”.
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