Former English cricket star Steve James reveals a broken heart as his ‘beautiful’ daughter, 21, dies of suspected sepsis
- Steve James, 52, was traveling for the Six Nations when Bethan, 21, fell ill
- It is believed that his journey was delayed and she died before he returned home
- Ex-Glamorgan captain and his wife tweet that they have been ‘destroyed’
A former English cricket player was left with a broken heart after his 21-year-old daughter died at the age of 21 after suspected sepsis.
Former Glamorgan Captain Steve James, 52, now works as a sports journalist and was away from a Six Nations rugby match in Ireland when his daughter Bethan fell ill.
It is understood that his return trip was delayed by bad weather and that she died before he got home.
Mr. James and his wife Jane tweet an emotional tribute to their “beautiful” daughter: “We have the most indescribably devastating news that our beautiful daughter Bethan suddenly died on Saturday night.
“Our hearts are broken. She was the most caring and kind daughter and sister of Rhys. “
Bethan, who lived in Cardiff and studied at the university, was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, but her family had no idea she had contracted the fatal condition.
The daughter of the former English cricket star Steve James, Bethan, died at the age of 21
Steve James played two test matches for England and was the captain of Glamorgan
Mr. James and his wife Jane tweet an emotional tribute to their ‘beautiful’ daughter
Her father, a sports journalist with the Times, was in Dublin for the Ireland V Wales rugby international when he called that she was seriously ill.
Friends said that Mr. James, who played two test games for England in 1998, was “destroyed” by the loss of his daughter he visited.
Sports stars in Wales, including Rugby World Cup referee Nigel Owens, passed on their sympathy through social media.
Former rugby international stars Brian Moore and Jonathan Davies, both now TV experts, also expressed their condolences on Twitter.
It is the second tragedy that affects a child of a Glamorgan asterisk.
His friend and former teammate Matthew Maynard, also an English batsman, lost his son Tom in a train accident in Wimbledon in 2013.
Bethan had fought her disease when she was only three years old after being diagnosed with a possible heart problem and undergoing bowel surgery.
She was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease last year and was planning to campaign on behalf of others suffering from the painful stomach condition.
At Christmas, she posted a 40-minute video blog while at home with her parents in Cardiff.
Before she went to Center Parc on the family’s annual New Year’s trip, she went to Facebook to say, “I can’t tell you how excited I am for 2020 !!!
‘I feel it will be the craziest year of my life and hopefully my best !!
“I can’t wait to get started and start the year in a very good place with the best people around me.”
Mr. James and his physical therapist wife Jane meet doctors who tried to save their daughter at the weekend.
Former English cricket captain Andrew Strauss (left) is depicted with journalists Steve James (second left), Mike Atherton and Sclyd Berry in 2006