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A tragic England fan collapsed and died while celebrating Harry Kane's winner against Germany at a pub.
Charlie Naughton, 29, was watching the tense game with family and friends when Harry Kane scored his first goal of Euro 2020.
Kane's goal put England 2-0 up in their knockout tie with Germany at Wembley, on Tuesday 29, sparking mad scenes of celebration in pubs across the country.
But, tragically, at The Crown in Cowley, London, Charlie Naughton had collapsed unexpectedly while others around him were celebrating.
Paramedics were called and battled for the better part of three hours to save his life, but the bricklayer from Hayes was pronounced dead in hospital at 9.20pm.
An older brother to two sisters, and from a large and close-knit extended family, Charlie was a die-hard England and Chelsea fan who was a born and bred Londoner.
His grieving cousin, Chloe Wise, told the Daily Star: "He was the funniest man anyone could ever meet. He was loving and kind – would do anything for anybody.
"He would walk into a room and just make everybody laugh, everyone always said it."
Charlie, decked out in his beloved England strip with Three Lions on his chest, had already celebrated seeing Raheem Sterling but the national team 1-0 up against bitter rivals Germany.
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He was in good spirits, but as Kane's late header sent England through to the quarter finals he suddenly fell to the floor. Friends and family with him do believe he may have fainted as he went to celebrate, and hit his head on the floor as he fell down.
His death sent shockwaves through his wide network of friends and family, and it wasn't long before #RIPCharlie was trending locally on Twitter alongside a picture tribute to "our darling boy".
The image has since been shared hundreds of times across both Facebook and Twitter.
Those messages have offered a small measure of comfort to Charlie's family, who have been incredibly moved by the huge flood of tributes pouring in for Charlie in the wake of that message.
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Chloe said: "The outpouring of all this emotion on social media has been amazing to see, but it's bittersweet because we shouldn't be seeing it and we don't want to be seeing it. We just want to see Charlie back."
Doctors are still investigating Charlie's exact cause of death, although his family have been told it was almost certainly some kind of cardiac arrest.
But his family, as heartbroken as they are, have tried to take at least some positives from the devastating loss.
"To us, obviously it's been terrible, but the one comfort we have is that Charlie was in the pub, celebrating as Harry Kane scored," Chloe told the Star.
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"He'd seen Chelsea win the Champions League, all he was saying was how much he wanted to see England win the Euros. I know a lot of blokes do it these days but I always joked with him that he was a 29-year-old man going down the pub in an England strip.
"But Charlie was there, in the pub, surrounded by his friends and family and watching England win. That's one thing we're holding on to for comfort, because he was in his absolute element when he went."
The Crown in Cowley closed out fo respect for Charlie on Wednesday, posting a moving message to its Facebook followers that read: "Due to the tragic event that occurred in The Crown last night we have decided to remain closed today.
"No words can express the utter devastation that Charlie's Family and friends will be experiencing, our thoughts are with them at this difficult time."
England captain Kane shared his sadness at the news on Friday morning.
He took to Twitter, writing: "I'm so sorry to hear about Charlie passing away – my thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends.
"We will give it everything tomorrow and for the rest of the tournament for fans like Charlie. RIP Charlie Naughton."
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For Charlie's family, they hold no ill will towards anyone involved in the tragic events that changed their family forever as the rest of the country was jumping up and down to celebrate the Three Lions' Euros victory.
Chloe went on: "One thing we want to say is that everyone involved has been amazing. The pub has been so respectful, they closed the next day when they didn't need to out of respect for Charlie and what had happened.
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"We firmly believe the paramedics did everything that they could to save him."
Friends of Charlie have started an online fundraiser to help raise money to pay for his funeral. To donate, click here.
- Champions League
- Harry Kane
- Raheem Sterling
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