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Clarke Carlisle is innocent: Sun links suicidal football pundit to the death of man who saw him ‘die’

by | 4th, July 2015

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The Sun has a story about a man who died.

A VAN driver plagued by nightmares after witnessing Clarke Carlisle’s suicide attempt has died.

We are invited to make a link between the dead man and Clarke Carlisle, the former footballer and chairman of the Professional Footballers’ Association who attempted suicide last December.

Chris Kilbride, 24, swerved to avoid the bloodsoaked footie ace after he walked in front of a lorry in December. The dad of two was forced to quit his job after suffering flashbacks and later spoke of struggling to cope with the trauma.

It’s crass of the Sun to link the two events when the full facts are not known. We know practically nothing of Mr Kilbride. But to the Sun his entire life is encapsulated in a single episode involving a TV pundit.

Coroners in Leeds confirmed that Chris died on Thursday, but refused to give further details.

What say the dead man’s loved ones, they who knew him best?

His partner Brooke Bleasby declined to comment yesterday at their home in the city.

But the Sun ploughs on:

He called 999, helped tend to Clarke’s injuries and comforted the lorry driver, who was in shock and had glass in his eyes.

The Sun quotes Mr Kilbride:

But speaking in February, Chris said: “I’m going through hell. He did what he did because he was in a bad place. But the consequences of his actions have now put me in a similar place.”

The Sun has edited Mr Kilbride’s comments. What he said was:

“I can’t believe he ­survived. I expected him to pass away. I said to myself, ‘If he survives I would like to meet the man.’ I don’t have any hatred towards him. He did what he did because he was in a bad place. But the consequences of his actions have now put me in a similar place. I’m not angry at him. Everyone deals with things differently. But because he did that, I’ve now got to deal with it.”

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