A GRIEVING family are appealing to others to be aware of their blood pressure and cholesterol levels after losing their son earlier this month.
Simon Graham died on Wednesday last week when he suffered a cardiac arrest aged just 35.
His mum, Audrey Graham, of Oxford Road, Runcorn, said: 'He had been ill for months with high cholesterol and high blood pressure. The doctor told him to go into Halton Hospital and they kept him in overnight and in the morning he suffered a massive cardiac arrest.
'They did everything they could but they just could not bring him back.'
Simon, who was due to marry his fiancée Alison next year, was otherwise fit and healthy, even joining a gym to train for the Great North Run.
Audrey added: 'It was only when he joined the gym that he discovered he had high blood pressure, he would never have known otherwise.'
Simon's death spells double heartbreak for the Graham family, who lost
their eldest son, Mark, to leukaemia in 1976 when he was just 12.
Audrey and husband Terrence are now warning others that high blood pressure and cholesterol can be a killer at any age.
Audrey said: 'Nobody envisaged that it was so critical, not even the doctors. It can happen so suddenly and so unexpectedly.
'Simon knew so many people through snooker and football. He was always smiling and was a friend to everyone. I want to thank everybody for all their lovely cards and gifts.'
Simon's family are asking anybody who knew him to put their memories and stories down on paper to be included in a book of remembrance. They also ask for flowers from the family only and donations to be split equally between Leukaemia Research and the British Heart Foundation.
The funeral takes place tomorrow, Friday, at St Edward's at 11am.