London Marathon runner's family 'devastated'

  • 16 April 2014
  • From the section England
Robert Berry Image copyright PA
Image caption Robert Berry died after collapsing at the London Marathon finishing line

The family of a runner who died after completing the London Marathon say they are "devastated" by their loss.

Robert Berry, 42, was raising money for charity when he collapsed at the finishing line on Sunday.

Mr Berry, from Newbury in Berkshire, received emergency medical attention but died after being transferred to St Mary's Hospital, in central London.

His family said he would be greatly missed and that "in our eyes Rob is a hero".

'Amazing father'

In a statement, the Berry family said: "We are devastated and shocked by the events of Sunday and cannot believe that he is no longer with us to share in our lives and laughter.

"He was a loving husband to Gwen and an amazing father to his two children and will remain forever in their hearts."

They added that they wished to thank the thousands of people who have offered support and words of comfort.

Mr Berry, who was fundraising for the National Osteoporosis Society, said on his Just Giving page he was supporting the charity in tribute to his "inspirational" mother, who was diagnosed with a brittle bone condition aged 52.

Donations to Mr Berry's page have reached more than £60,000.

His death comes two years after Claire Squires, 30, from North Kilworth, Leicestershire, collapsed and died from cardiac failure on the final stretch of the 26.2-mile course.

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