Much-loved dad Mark Villers dies suddenly at just 42

A popular dad has died suddenly aged just 42, leaving his family and friends heartbroken. Mark Villers was married to wife Becci, 34, and had a four-year-old son, Billy.

A fundraising page launched by friend Stephen Plant saw more than £18,000 donated in less than 24 hours. He said Aston Villa fan Mark was a "larger-than-life" character who would always help others and was about to move to his "dream" family home at Barton-under-Needwood, near Lichfield.

The mortgage advisor died at Good Hope Hospital on Tuesday morning, May 21. He initially sought medical help early on Saturday for chest and back pain and was discharged on Sunday before being re-admitted on Monday.

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Stephen, an events manager, said: “Mark was a very close friend of mine. He was the most generous guy ever. One-of-a-kind. He’d shave his legs and hair to raise money for charity. He was from Erdington and moved to Streetly when his son was born.

“He was a larger-than-life character, an avid Villa supporter. They were just about to move to their dream home in Barton-under-Needwood. He always wanted to make the world a better place. He had a lot of friends. He changed so many lives not just with mortgages but in life. He was there for anyone and helped anyone.

“I could never see this happening to him. He trained and worked out every day.

“I set up the GoFundMe page to help Becci with funeral costs and financial support. She worked alongside him. I know he’d do the same for me. His family have thanked me and I said it was the least I could do."

Stephen said Mark also enjoyed boxing, partying and spending time with his family, especially at their caravan in Weston-Super-Mare. He said: “He was a ‘top, top bloke, very much a family man and loved Becci and Billy more than anything in the world.”

In the GoFundMe post Stephen said: “Mark would help everyone and anyone. He was selfless. Mark always gave to charities and also raised money for charities. He would always be the first to get involved - usually with a crazy idea.

“Mark was such a kind, caring and strong person, striving to make a difference in this world. Mark was always the loudest person in the room, the life and soul of the party. He was one of the funniest, maddest, barmiest people I have ever met.

“What you saw was what you got with Mark. He has helped many of us get on the property ladder and helped make so many people’s dreams come true. He assisted so many with house moves and supporting them on a memorable chapter of their lives.

“Mark was the best husband, son, brother, uncle, son-in-law, brother-in-law, nephew, cousin and a devoted dad to his son, Billy. A remarkable friend and confident to many of us, a loyal Villa fan and a passionate lover of life.

“Mark has left a massive void in so many people’s lives, he was one of kind, he touched so many hearts and will be deeply missed. Our job now is supporting Becci, Billy and the family at this sad time.

“We hope we can help lighten the huge burden on their shoulders by raising funds this way, if you can give anything, please do Mark we all love you mate, rest easy son, don't cause too much havoc up there Villers. RIP MARK VILLERS - THE LEGEND.”