Man dies two months after motorbike crash

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A MAN from Yorkshire who was left in a coma after a motorbike accident in Thailand has died in his home town.

Ricky O’Brien, of Skircoat Green, Halifax, passed away at Calderdale Royal Hospital nearly two months after suffering head and spinal injuries in the accident in the Far East.

The 25-year-old was flown back to the UK to continue his treatment early last month but little over a week later, doctors told his family there was no hope of his recovery and his care was withdrawn.

His family wrote on Facebook: “It is our sad duty to inform you that at 9.50pm on the 27/02/2013, Ricky O’Brien, a buddy, a brother, a son, peacefully passed away. RIP R O’B... Until we meet again kid.”

Hundreds of tributes were pouring in to the much-loved football and music fan online last night.

Mr O’Brien had been staying with his sister, Corrine, and her husband, Lee, in the northern city of Chiang Mai when he went missing on January 5. It was not until three days later that they were able to trace him to the Maharaj Hospital’s intensive care unit and discovered what had happened. The couple were joined by Mr O’Brien’s parents, Martin and Carmel, to keep a vigil by his bedside before he returned to the UK.

Friends described Mr O’Brien at the time of the accident as “a genuine little cheeky chappy, full of heart and as brave as a lion”.

“He gives anybody the time of day, treating everyone with the same respect and patience and is always guaranteed to put a smile on your face if you’re lucky enough to be in his company,” they said.