‘He was a doting dad and husband and will be missed’

TRAGEDY Sukhwinder Singh-Digpal who died from Sudden Adult Death Syndrome aged 26
TRAGEDY Sukhwinder Singh-Digpal who died from Sudden Adult Death Syndrome aged 26
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HE WILL forever be remembered as a caring father and husband, who was a massive Pompey fan and carried out voluntary work.

Sukhwinder Singh-Digpal, of Salisbury Road, Southsea, died suddenly at the age of only 26.

BEREAVED Jaspreet Singh-Digpal

BEREAVED Jaspreet Singh-Digpal

His death has been put down to Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (Sads) – a condition where a person’s heart stops beating suddenly.

His family has been left devastated and has come forward to try to raise awareness of the syndrome.

Sukhwinder, who worked in customer services for South West Trains, leaves behind wife Soneeta Kaur, 25, and his four-year-old son Jaspreet Singh-Digpal.

Brother Dalwinder, 30, who works as a bank manager, recalled the day his younger brother died in February this year.

He said: ‘It was a Saturday, and it was just a normal day.

‘He went to the Pompey versus Derby game and took his nephew, then came back and had something to eat before going to sleep.

‘His wife raised the alarm when she noticed he didn’t seem to be breathing.’

The family called paramedics, who took him to Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham.

Staff tried desperately to resuscitate him, but he was pronounced dead at the hospital.

His family said a final goodbye to him on February 10, where almost 1,000 people turned up for his funeral.

Father Amreek Singh-Digpal, 55, an accountant, said: ‘His death is totally unexplained. We’re still very angry as we just don’t know what has happened.

‘He had lots more to do, lots more to achieve, but it has all been cut short.

‘But we will always remember the positives.

‘He adored his wife and son – always buying them presents and taking them out.

‘He was a huge football fan and had been a Pompey season ticket holder for the past seven years.

‘He was an amazing cook and would go and cook every Sunday morning at Portsmouth Guru Nanak Sar Gurdwara, in Margate Road, Southsea.’

Sukhwinder was also a huge music fan – in particular old Hindi songs and Bhangra.

The family has organised a football match between members of the Portsmouth gurdwara, and temple-goers in Bristol.

Dalwinder added: ‘He would always put himself over others and he is always in our minds, that’s why we’ve decided to hold a football match in his memory.’

The match takes place this Sunday, at the Mountbatten Centre, Alexandra Park, North End.

Charity raises awareness of rare condition

FAMILIES hit by Sudden Adult Death Syndrome can speak to a charity that raises awareness of the condition.

The Digpal-Singh family contacted Cardiac Risk in the Young (Cry), after Sukhwinder died earlier this year.

Cry aims to raise awareness of the condition, support families that have lost someone to Sads and also provide screening.

Alison Cox, founder and chief executive of Cry, explained what group of people Sads can effect.

She said: ‘Death is often sudden and usually in sleep or after playing sports.

‘It usually affects people aged between 17 and 22.

‘The heart just slows down and stops, it is just so very sudden.

‘We are told that if someone is standing up and they suffer from Sads, then they can be dead before they hit the ground.’

Cry encourages young people and athletes to be screened to see if early heart problems can be detected.

‘Check your family history to see if there is someone who might’ve died in an unusual way such as someone you knew as a good swimmer suddenly drowning,’ added Alison.

‘There isn’t much awareness of Sads, so deaths can be put down to other reasons.

‘People with heart rhythm problems should also be screened.’

Visit c-r-y.org.uk/.