Hillsborough claims its 97th victim as coroner rules Andrew Devine was wrongfully murdered

A Hillsborough survivor has died aged 55, more than 30 years after suffering horrific injuries in the disaster.

Andrew Devine, from Mossley Hill, was 22 years old when he went to watch Liverpool take on Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup semi-final, played in Sheffield on 15 April 1989.

A coroner in Liverpool today ruled that he had been wrongfully killed as a result of the disaster, making him the 97th victim.

Andrew was not expected to survive the day after his chest was crushed and his brain deprived of oxygen in the deadly crush that illegally killed 96 fellow Liverpool supporters in Britain’s worst sporting disaster ever.

After he endured the first crucial 24 hours, his parents were warned that he would likely be dead within six months and later learned that no one who suffered such injuries had survived more than eight years.

Despite being in a wheelchair, unable to speak and eating only pureed food, Andrew’s family’s love and support kept him going, but this evening they released a statement confirming that he had passed away.

Despite being in a wheelchair, unable to speak and eating only pureed food, Andrew’s family’s love and support kept him going, but this evening they released a statement confirming that he had passed away.

1989: Supporters are crushed against the barrier as disaster strikes before the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest is played at Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield

1989: Supporters are crushed against the barrier as disaster strikes before the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest is played at Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield

Liverpool won the Champions League in 2019 and did a bus parade through the city - then stopped at Devine's house to see the trophy

Liverpool won the Champions League in 2019 and did a bus parade through the city – then stopped at Devine’s house to see the trophy

The victims of the Hillsborough disaster who died in the football tragedy on April 15, 1989

The victims of the Hillsborough disaster who died in the football tragedy on April 15, 1989

It read: ‘It is with great sadness and a sense of immense loss that we can confirm that Andrew Devine passed away yesterday at the untimely age of 55.

AMBULANCE EMPLOYEE TELLS INQUIRY HOW HE HAD MR SHAW . HELPS

Ambulance officer Anthony Shaw described in 2015 how he helped rescue Andrew Devine from the Hillsborough disaster.

Mr Shaw, who worked for the South Yorkshire Metropolitan Ambulance Service (SYMAS), testified during an inquest and said Mr Devine was brought to him by two police officers.

He told the Liverpool Echo: ‘I examined him and found that he was blue, but that he did have a heartbeat.

“I had the patient’s friend do mouth-to-mouth resuscitation while I got the CPR equipment out of the ambulance.”

Mr Shaw said he had asked his colleague Steve Williams to get a suction unit so they could clear the vomit from Mr Devine’s airways.

He told the inquest: “I said the patient had a good pulse and asked Williams if we should go with him. He agreed.’

Judy Khan, who represents 11 of the families, asked, “So if he had just been left in that position, obviously with vomit possibly endangering his airways, apparently already not breathing, he would have died, wouldn’t he?”

Mr. Shaw said yes.

“Our collective devastation is overwhelming, but so is the realization that we were blessed to have Andrew with us for 32 years since the Hillsborough tragedy.

“We are delighted with the conclusion of the coroner, Mr Andre Rebello, made today at the Liverpool coroner, that Andrew was unlawfully murdered, making him the 97th fatality in the tragic events of 15 April 1989.

‘In the intervening years Andrew has been a much loved son, brother and uncle. He is supported by his family and a team of dedicated caretakers, all of whom are committed to him.

“As always, our thoughts are with everyone affected by Hillsborough.

“We would like to ask that our privacy be respected during this sad time.”

Liverpool FC also released a statement saying: ‘Liverpool Football Club is deeply saddened by the passing of Andrew Devine, who passed away yesterday at the age of 55.

A lifelong Liverpool supporter, Andrew continued to attend matches at Anfield whenever possible, despite his life-changing injuries at Hillsborough on 15 April 1989, defying the expectation that he would not survive six months after the tragedy.

An inquest held today in Liverpool has determined Andrew was killed unlawfully as a result of the disaster, providing a further tragic reminder of the toll Hillsborough continues to take on everyone involved.

“The thoughts of everyone at the club are with Andrew’s family and his carers.

“It should also be noted that Andrew’s family has made an appeal to privacy and we would like to insist that this request is respected.”

Andrew’s sister Wendy and brother Graham spoke ahead of the 25th anniversary of the disaster in 2014 and said the love and care their family showed for Andrew had been the glue that had held them together.

Pictured: Wendy Mason and Graham Devine with a photo of their brother Andrew Devine, who was seriously injured in the Hillsborough Disaster in 1989

Pictured: Wendy Mason and Graham Devine with a photo of their brother Andrew Devine, who was seriously injured in the Hillsborough Disaster in 1989

Andrew Devine's parents.  After he endured the first crucial 24 hours, his parents were warned that he would likely be dead within six months and later learned that no one who suffered such injuries had survived more than eight years.

Andrew Devine’s parents. After he endured the first crucial 24 hours, his parents were warned that he would likely be dead within six months and later learned that no one who suffered such injuries had survived more than eight years.

“Many tears have been shed over the years, but we have been lucky.

Andrew has survived, living at home with his mother and father – and with 24-hour professional care – and is loved and cared for by his family.

“He is the center of the family and the glue that holds us together.

“We’re a very close-knit family and Andrew is a big part of that. Many families are falling apart, with relatives living and working in different parts of the country, but for Andrew we stayed together. And family feuds are not an option for our family, because we have something much more important to do – be there for Andrew, the most important member of the family.”

Graham added: ‘It’s not just everyday life, it’s everything – Christmas arrangements, for example. Everything is on Andrew.”

They also rejected any idea that Andrew had been ‘forgotten’ outside the family, which was proved years later when James Milner stopped during Liverpool’s Champions League victory parade to take the trophy to the Devine house for Andrew to see.

Wendy emphasized: ‘He has not been forgotten. It’s just that people don’t know, and part of that is because Mom and Dad decided to stay away from the press. To say he’s forgotten sounds bitter, and we’re not.

“Our hearts always go out to those families who have lost loved ones and we have always supported them.”

STATEMENTS FROM THE FAMILY OF ANDREW DEVINE AND LIVERPOOL FC AFTER HIS DEATH

Pictured: Andrew Devine

Pictured: Andrew Devine

A statement from Andrew Devine’s family

It is with great sadness and a sense of immense loss that we can confirm that Andrew Devine passed away yesterday at the untimely age of 55.

Our collective devastation is overwhelming, but so is the realization that we were blessed to have Andrew with us for 32 years since the Hillsborough tragedy.

We welcome the conclusion of the coroner, Mr Andre Rebello, made today in Liverpool court, that Andrew was wrongfully murdered, making him the 97th fatality in the tragic events that took place on 15 April 1989.

In the intervening years Andrew has been a much loved son, brother and uncle. He is supported by his family and a team of dedicated caretakers, all of whom are committed to him.

As always, our thoughts are with everyone affected by Hillsborough.

We ask that our privacy is respected during this sad time.

Statement of Liverpool Football Club

Liverpool Football Club is deeply saddened by the passing of Andrew Devine, who passed away yesterday at the age of 55.

Andrew, a lifelong Liverpool supporter, continued to attend matches at Anfield whenever possible, despite his life-changing injuries at Hillsborough on 15 April 1989, defying the expectation that he would not survive six months after the tragedy.

An inquest held today in Liverpool ruled that Andrew was unlawfully killed as a result of the disaster, providing a further tragic reminder of the toll that Hillsborough continues to take on all those affected.

The thoughts of everyone at the club are with Andrew’s family and his caretakers.

It should also be noted that Andrew’s family has made an appeal to privacy and we would like to insist that this request is respected.

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