Heartbroken family reveal ‘happy’ son’s tragic last words, 12, before he died of ‘heart attack’ at school

The heartbroken family of a schoolboy who died of a suspected heart attack during a lunch break have revealed his tragic last words.

Ryan Heffernan, 12, was described as “kind-hearted” and “full of life” on a fundraising website set up on behalf of his devastated parents, Mike and Catherine.

Ryan Heffernan, 12, died of a suspected heart attack


Ryan Heffernan, 12, died of a suspected heart attackPhoto credit: gofundme
Shoeburyness High School in Essex


Shoeburyness High School in Essex

The student died on Monday after collapsing in a field at Shoeburyness High School in Essex at around 1.20pm.

His identity has not been officially released.

However a gofundme page founded by a friend, stated he wanted to raise money to help his parents, Mike and Catherine, with the costs of his funeral.

The page reads: “On Monday morning he went to school healthy and happy and said to his family ‘I love you’ (that was the last thing he said to them).

“He was only in his freshman year, a seventh grade student on his lunch break, when he was sadly taken away.”

The GoFundMe page was launched last night and has raised almost £12,000 in Ryan’s memory – beating the original £5,000 target.

Well-wishers have also paid tribute to Ryan on the page.

Sara Speller wrote: “Absolutely devastating to the family. I send you all my love. Rest in peace handsome young man. xx.”

Corrine Waylen added: “I’m so sorry for your loss! I can’t imagine the pain you must be going through. Thoughts are with you and your family.”

Emergency services, including an ambulance, landed at the school Monday after receiving reports of a medical emergency.

Unfortunately, it was later confirmed that Ryan died.

Essex Police opened an inquiry into his death which they last night described as “unexplained” while ruling out any third party involvement.

A spokesman for the force said: “Our investigation is ongoing but we do not believe anyone else was involved in this incident.

“We are treating this as an unexplained, non-suspect death. Nobody was arrested.”

Shoeburyness High School principal Clare Costello said in a letter to parents on Monday that no other people were involved in the boy’s death.

Ms Costello wrote: “At noon today there was a medical issue involving a child; no other people were involved.”

The letter said there would be special support for children, who would be asked about the situation by their tutors.

Further correspondence from the school to local councilors said the boy had suffered a heart attack. Heartbroken family reveal ‘happy’ son’s tragic last words, 12, before he died of ‘heart attack’ at school


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