Hillsborough disaster put paid to dream

Steven Brown who died at Hillsborough, aged 25.
Steven Brown who died at Hillsborough, aged 25.
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A woman whose husband died in the Hillsborough disaster while she was pregnant with their daughter has told an inquest jury he dreamed of being ‘the best daddy ever’.

Steven Brown’s widow, Sarah, said words could not describe the void left by his death at the age of 25.

Mr Brown, from Clwyd, Wales, was one of 96 Liverpool fans who died at the FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest in April 1989.

Addressing jurors on the fifth day of the new inquests in Warrington, Cheshire, Mrs Brown said: “I can honestly say he loved me with a passion I never knew existed – the dedication and commitment he showed towards me left me giddy.

“When I found out I was pregnant and that his dreams were coming true, he was over the moon and full of pride.

“For Steven to have passed away when I was six months pregnant, and never got a chance to meet and greet his new little baby, there are no words to describe that void.”

Mrs Brown’s daughter Samantha was born in July 1989.

“She has listened to stories of him, and how we met, and how much we were in love, and how desperately he wanted a little girl and to be the best daddy ever.”

Statements were also read out by John Collins, whose 22-year-old son Gary died at Hillsborough, and Theresa Arrowsmith, whose brothers Martin and Christopher Traynor lost their lives at the match.

Veronica Rogers spoke about her 17-year-old son Henry.

Her other son Adam died from diabetes after surviving the disaster.

Eric Hankin, Francis McAllister, Nick Joynes and John Anderson were also remembered.