THE family of murdered Sheffield businessman Anthony Power have spoken for the first time about his tragic death - paying tribute to an ‘inspirational’ man.
Mr Power, aged 78, from Bradway, died in hospital almost three weeks after he was attacked in High Hazels Park, Darnall, apparently for the keys to his Bentley car, his iPhone and cash.
Detectives are now treating the incident as murder.
Mr Power was a well-known figure in the fashion world, having founded Sheffield lingerie firm Panache in 1982 and built the company into a leading international brand.
Mr Power, married to Maureen, stepped down as managing director in 2007, to be replaced by one of his sons, John Power.
In a statement, John, his brother Danny and two sisters, said: “Our mother has lost her loving husband of 53 years, we have lost our inspirational father, 10 grand children have lost their roguish granddad, Panache employees in Sheffield, Hong Kong, Germany and New York have lost its visionary and Sheffield has lost one of its adopted sons.
“The distressing circumstances of his death will not make us forget the thousands of inspirational, funny and warm memories Anthony Power has left us.
“As always our dad was thinking of his family and not his safety when he went looking for a missing older brother suffering from dementia.”
The family added: “He then defied the odds and fought for three long weeks in intensive care until, surrounded by his family, the severity of his injuries took his life.
“We would like to thank the hundreds of friends and well wishers for their support.
“We would also like to thank the South Yorkshire Police and Intensive Care Unit at the Northern General Hospital for their support, diligence and compassion over the past three weeks.
“Our faith in the world has been restored by you all. God bless and thank you.”
Imran Khan, aged 30, of Handsworth Road, Darnall, was arrested after the attack and has been remanded in custody charged with attempted murder and robbery.
Temporary Detective Inspector Martin Tate said: “We are requesting the Crown Prosecution Service change the charge to murder. We would still like to hear from anyone in the park we have not spoken to on the night of attack, between 7pm and 9pm on Monday, October 8.
■ Witnesses should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.