England fan who died celebrating Kane goal told mum I love you before falling

A “fit and well” England fan suddenly died after collapsing in a pub while celebrating Harry Kane’s goal against Germany at this year’s Euros.

Charlie Naughton, 29, was watching the big game in a pub with family and friends when he jumped up to celebrate the strike on June 29.

As he celebrated the goal, he suddenly fell down and hit his head.

The devoted Chelsea fan died around an hour later after being taken to hospital.

An inquest heard a pathologist was unable to find a cause of death and a coroner recorded an open conclusion.

West London Coroner's Court heard a post-mortem found Charlie was only just over the drink-drive limit and there was no evidence he had taken drugs.

In a statement, the family paid tribute to the "happy-go-lucky and loyal" bricklayer who "adored" his family and Chelsea FC.

Mum Karen Sayer called her son “my first ever best friend".

She said: "Charlie's passing has had a massive effect on many many people.

"Never did we expect to walk out of his front door one morning to never come back. Absolute heartbreak and devastation all in the blink of an eye.

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"He had his whole life and a million dreams in front of him."

The inquest heard Charlie was at a pub in Uxbridge, west London, watching the game with friends and his dad.

An ambulance was called at 6.46pm and paramedics found he had an irregular heartbeat.

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Despite resuscitation attempts, he was pronounced dead around an hour later at Hillingdon Hospital A&E.

His mum previously told The Sun that she called Charlie before kick-off and he told her: "he loved me, I told him I loved him."

According to his family, over 1,300 people attended his funeral.

HIs mum also said: “Charlie loved his family dearly. Charlie enjoyed time with his mates, most of whom he had gone to nursery with.

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"He was with his best mates when he passed. He enjoyed many holidays together, sometimes twice a year together as a family.

"He was the most loyal and respectful person you would meet. He was always concerned about other people, especially his sisters and mum.”

The post-mortem on Charlie’s body showed only a bruise on his head and a bitten tongue and found evidence he had a heart attack.

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Pathologist Dr Hiam Ali said Charlie had died of 'sudden adult death'.

Recording an open conclusion, the coroner said: "Charlie was watching a game of football in a public house on the 29 June 2021 when he collapsed.

"There were no significant injuries sustained. Paramedics resuscitated him at the scene and conveyed him to Hillingdon Hospital by ambulance where continued resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful.

"I will be recording what is known as an open conclusion – it means the evidence does not reach the test I'm obliged to use. We have exhausted all lines of enquiry”

The inquest heard Charlie tested positive for coronavirus in January this year and had received both doses of the Astra-Zeneca vaccine.

However, this was not thought to be related to his death.

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