FATHER’S DAY TRAGEDY: American Dad-Of-Two Dies After Falling Down The Stairs On Father’s Day


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A Dad-Of-Two tragically died after falling down the stairs on Father’s Day, as his heartbroken wife speaks of the “big void in our lives”.

Mark Llewellyn, 47, was rushed to the hospital after he got up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom and fell down the stairs on June 20.

The Dad from Cardiff broke his leg in the fall and had an operation in hospital on June 22.

But over the next five days, Mark’s health got worse and he sadly passed away on June 27.

Now, Mark has been commemorated as a loving father and for his commitment to his local rugby club.

His wife Bernadette, who was married to Mark for 17 years, said his death “has left a big void in our lives”.

The couple met at Llandaff North Rugby Club in November 2001.

Bernadette, 57, told Wales Online: “Mark – my husband, friend and confidant, the man who would make me laugh and cry, the gent who would walk over hot coals not just for me, but for our beautiful children Rhys and Evan.

“They are going to miss him so much.”

She added:  “We found each other later in life. I loved his sense of humour, the way he made me laugh, his kindness, and the love and care he showed me. Nothing was too much trouble for him.

“Eventually getting married and having children took over our lives. He made sure that he provided for us, that we wanted for nothing. We were his life, his purpose.”

Mark had been shielding at home at the start of the pandemic.

His wife said their 10-year-old twin sons will always remember the  “invaluable time” they spent with him.

The cause of death is yet to be revealed, and Mark’s case has been passed on to the coroner.

A dedicated sportsman, Mark started playing at Llandaff North Rugby Club as a kid.

Lovingly known as Sharky, Mark went on to play for the senior team and coach, before joining the committee, where he helped with the management of the club.

Llandaff North Rugby Club issued a tribute to the Dad, saying: “Mark Llewellyn (Sharky) and his family have been cornerstones of Llandaff North Rugby Club for so many years.

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