A MOTHER whose son died due to what she describes as a ‘hidden killer’ is urging people to go for a routine health check.
Phyllis Kewn, from Little Sutton, spoke out after musician Chris Hooker, who was the drummer in Wirral band Insanity Beach, died last month after four months in hospital following two massive strokes.
The 48-year-old father-of-three died as a result of a condition known as atherosclerosis, which is an accumulation of cholesterol in the arteries.
In October last year Chris, who lived in Ellesmere Port, started suffering from headaches, dizzy spells and a loss of eyesight.
He went to see both his GP and the Countess of Chester Hospital, with the latter putting his symptoms down to a panic attack, according to Mrs Kewn.
However, on November 5 he collapsed in New Brighton and was rushed to Arrowe Park Hospital, where three days later he suffered two massive strokes.
Chris spent his last four months in hospital and contracted MRSA before he died on March 24.
Mrs Kewn, who lost her father, brother and sister to the same condition, said: “It was a great shame that it wasn’t detected earlier, there was no sign of it. It didn’t affect his heart, it was the arteries in the brain.
“Anyone would have told you he was the fittest man in Ellesmere Port. The stamina he had was unbelievable.
“It just goes to show that it is a hidden killer. Chris resembled my father and brother so much, I was always saying to him to get his blood pressure taken.
“All men and women over 40 should go and get themselves checked out.
“He was a fantastic drummer but he was never big-headed about it. There were hundreds of people at his funeral, it was a real celebration of his life.”
Chris’ musical highlight came in 2007 when the group supported Status Quo.
A message on the band’s MySpace site said: “It came as a massive shock to us all. Chris was a great man – talented, funny, a joker and the most passionate man in the world of percussion that we’ve ever had the pleasure to have known.”