TRAGIC DEATH OF TEENAGER

A TEENAGER who battled heart problems to become a keen musician and rugby union player collapsed and died days before Christmas.

A TEENAGER who battled heart problems to become a keen musician and rugby union player collapsed and died days before Christmas.Family and friends of 16-year-old Tudor Tatchell-Evans, of Triangle, had been looking forward to spending the festive season with him after a routine check-up three weeks ago showed he was recovering well from an operation last year.

But on Tuesday he collapsed after a drumming session at Huddersfield Technical College where he was studying for a BTec in popular music, and died at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary before his family could reach his bedside.

A service to celebrate his short but action-packed life will be held tomorrow at St Mary s Church, Cottonstones, at 11 am, followed by burial.

Everyone is welcome to the service, at which a taped song performed by Tudor and his fellow band members will be played.

Tudor was the son of Ashley Evans and Rosemary Tatchell, who live offBrockwell Lane, Triangle. He was born with three holes in the heart and a narrowed pulmonary artery and underwent open heart surgery when he was 18 months old at Killingbeck Hospital, Leeds.

He enjoyed a normal childhood but developed problems two years ago when his heart started to race and surgeons decided he needed a donor valve to replace his own, which was damaged.

By then singer-songwriter Tudor had formed a band with his younger brother, Morgan, and friends Simon Marks and Heather Sowden.

The band, the Layzee Tomatoes, won a place in the Evening Courier s band of the year 99 competition final - described by Tudor as the best day of his life - but were unable to take part in the final because a donor valve became available for the teenager.

Mr Evans said: The operation went very well, but his body did not respond very well and we virtually lost him twice in the following week.

Tudor lost two stones in weight but managed to regain his strength and went on to gain six GCSE passes last summer. A former pupil of Triangle Church of England Primary School and Crossley Heath School, Halifax, Tudor had also played rugby union for his school and the Old Brodleians.

He also worked part-time at Tesco in Aachen Way, Halifax. He had a girlfriend, Kirsty Joy, who lives in Siddal, Halifax.

Tudor s band, which had recently been renamed Buen Chico - Good Guy - had played at the Ukrainian Club, Halifax, two weeks ago.

The family has asked for donations to the Children s Heart Surgery Fund at Leeds General Infirmary to be sent via the Williamson Chapel of Rest, Beech Road, Sowerby Bridge.