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Fresh tragedy hits ex-footballer

Former footballer and TV presenter Bob Wilson has experienced fresh family heartbreak after the sudden death of his son-in-law.

Mitchell Carey, 43, died in hospital from suspected blood poisoning earlier this month, reportedly after stepping on a sea urchin while on holiday in Greece.

He was the widower of Wilson's daughter Anna, who died of cancer in 1998 just before her 32nd birthday.

Mr Carey, from Knebworth, Hertfordshire, fell ill on August 16 and was taken to the accident and emergency department at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, the local NHS trust said.

He was discharged into his GP's care but his condition deteriorated seriously and he was admitted to the hospital again by ambulance the next day. He died there on August 18.

The Daily Mail reported that medical experts were investigating whether his death was caused by blood poisoning contracted after he accidentally stood on a sea urchin.

Wilson, who played in goal for Arsenal and Scotland before moving into broadcasting, told the paper: "We loved him dearly."

The ex-sportsman and his wife Megs set up the Willow Foundation in their daughter's memory in 1999 to help seriously ill young adults.

A spokeswoman for East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust said: "Our deepest sympathies are with Mr Carey's family.

"While an investigation gets under way it does appear that Mr Carey was given the appropriate course of treatment while at our A&E department. Sadly his condition worsened dramatically and on his admission, staff at the Lister Hospital did everything they could to save his life."

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