Tributes paid after Gosport man dies of heart attack while moving furniture

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A JOKER with a heart of gold has died after a sudden and unexpected heart attack.

Mark Lloyd, 45 from Gosport, was moving furniture to earn some money when he suffered a heart attack – his second in seven years.

He was placed into a coma for two weeks before his life support was turned off on August 12.

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But having taken up going to the gym, and quitting smoking and drinking, the popular Gosport man's death has come as a shock to many.

Mark Lloyd from Gosport died on August 12Mark Lloyd from Gosport died on August 12
Mark Lloyd from Gosport died on August 12
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The self-employed engineer could often be found playing pool or having a laugh with mates at the White Hart pub in Stoke Road.

Gary Guinness, 47, has known Mark for around 20 years and the two were firm friends.

He said: ‘In the early 2000s we were always going to house parties and stuff together.

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‘We played pool every Thursday and really enjoyed each other’s company.

‘Mark was a genuinely lovely bloke – funny and sarcastic but with a heart of pure gold, he’s going to be hugely missed by everyone who knew him.’

A single man with no children, Mark was a huge car fan with a particular fondness of the Porsche 911.

He was also into boxing, and according to Gary was in 'remarkable shape’.

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‘Mark was looking good and that’s part of why this came as such a shock,’ he said.

‘It goes to show this sort of thing can happen at any time – but it’s still incredibly sad.’

On Thursday, August 27, Mark will be cremated at Portchester Crematorium.

After that, a wake will be held at the Queen’s Head in Brockhurst Road.

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Gary, who is in Malta so willl be appearing at the wake via video link, is fundraising to give Mark a fitting send-off – with half the money also going to Cats Protection.

He said: ‘We wanted to give Mark the farewell he deserves, while also supporting a charity close to his heart.

‘He adored cats and was very supportive of the charity, so we wanted to keep that going.’

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