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Tributes follow unexpected death of Ben Foulds

By NDJJoel  |  Posted: October 04, 2012

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Tributes have been paid to former Petroc student Ben Foulds who was found dead at his home yesterday.

The 20-year-old was discovered by his father yesterday morning (October 2). The cause of death is currently unknown.

Ben became well-known locally after he was involved in an accident on Old Sticklepath Hill in Barnstaple in November 2010.

He had been riding his bike down the hill when he collided with the railings and suffered severe head and spinal injuries which left him paraplegic.

Ben was known for his inspiring attitude and non-stop smile.

He had been living on his own in a specially adapted flat in Daventry, Northamptonshire.

His solicitor, Mike Clark, said Ben was in the process of pursuing a multi-million pound legal battle for compensation at the time of his death.

Mr Clark said Ben had showed immense fortitude and resilience in the face of his life changing injuries.

He said: "I met Ben when he was in the specialist spinal unit in Odstock hospital, Salisbury; and twice in his adapted flat in Daventry, where he moved to be closer to his father, Andy.

"He always impressed me with his common-sense, determination and complete absence of self-pity.

"He had recently enrolled in a local college to take up his studies again, was planning to learn to drive and had settled into his home with his pet cat.

"He was forging ahead in re-building his life and I feel sure he would have gone on to achieve great things.

"It was a privilege to have known and acted for him and my deepest condolences go to his family and friends."

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  • cat91  |  October 04 2012, 2:02PM

    If you didn't know the details of the accident that changes Ben's life forever then please do not judge, as there was a very good reason for the process that was happening I was lucky enough to have cared for and known Ben, and I classed him as a good friend. Benji you're missed so much already, if you're looking down on all the tributes and supportive messages I hope you can see how loved and admired you were. I will never forget you, your courage and bravery and of course that cheeky, gorgeous smile. Rip angel xxx

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  • cat91  |  October 04 2012, 1:51PM

    If you don't know the details of the accident then please do not judge, as there was a damn good reason he was going through the process. I was lucky enough to have cared for and known this amazingly brave man. Benji you're so missed already! I will never forget you, so talented and full of courage! I hope to see your cheeky smile again someday! Rip angel xxx

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