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David Ryding death: Killed man's organs 'saved lives'

David Ryding with wife Nicola and daughter
Image caption David Ryding was "a true hero who touched the lives of all who met him", his wife said

The wife of a Merseyside man who died after being assaulted at a Warwickshire taxi rank has said his death saved three lives through organ donation.

David Ryding, of Moreton, Wirral, was attacked in Market Place, Rugby on Sunday morning and died in hospital the following day.

A 21-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder has been released on bail.

His wife Nicola said there was a "small comfort knowing others have gained a new lease of life" after the donation.

She said the 26-year-old had been "a true hero who touched the lives of all who met him".

'True hero'

"He was a fun-loving character and the world will not be the same without him," she said.

"In our short time together he managed to turn our lives upside down and taught me what true happiness really was."

She said the former soldier had "wanted nothing more than to make a difference to the world we live in".

"He served for our country alongside many and I was so proud to call him my husband," she said.

"He was always trying to better himself to provide a better life for me and our daughter.

"There is small comfort knowing that others have gained a new lease of life following the organ donation.

"He was a true hero right to the end."

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