Tributes to 'funniest person I've ever met' after football fan dies at match

Pontefract were playing at home when the tragedy occurred
Pontefract were playing at home when the tragedy occurred -Credit:@PonteCollsFC/X

Tributes have poured in for a football fan who sadly lost his life after suffering a ‘medical emergency’ during a match on Thursday night.

Wakefield AFC released a statement confirming supporter Jakob Bregman died at the game. He was rushed to hospital following a "medical emergency" during Thursday night’s match, which was subsequently abandoned.

Physios and volunteers from both clubs rushed to save Mr Bregman at the scene. He was then rushed to hospital where he died this morning (Friday, April 12). He leaves behind a wife and a daughter.

Fellow football fans from clubs across Yorkshire have taken to social media to say they too have been left “devastated” by the news of Jakob’s death, with some referring to him as the "funniest person I've ever met."

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John Jackson wrote: "Can't believe a telephone call I just received. Our old friend and neighbour Jakob Bregman has sadly passed away, what a shock. You will be sadly missed by your family and many friends. Thoughts go out to Abigail, jayne and all the family. Rip Jakob."

Adam Whiteley said: “Did an sia course with him. Used to call him Dennis Bergkamp. Big Dutch lad, one of the funniest people I ever met. RIP.”

Grace Ainsworth commented: “Such sad sad news. Heroic effort from those Wakey fans to save Jakob before physios and then ambulance staff arrived. It really felt like we came together as a family. Sending my love and condolences to Jakob's daughter who often used to come to matches with him and to his wife. To any of the fans affected by what they saw last night, please do reach out if you need any support.”

Cameron Crake added: “I’m devastated to hear this news. My sincere condolences to Jakob’s family. Rest in peace” Danny Williams wrote: “So sad but the response from everyone that came to his aid was incredible and I thank them all. No one should go to a game and not come home RIP Jakob.”

David Moulds commented: “Absolutely devastated, all my thoughts are with his family and friends.” Oliver Gardiner wrote: “Devastated to hear this thoughts to his family. Anyone who's affected by this please do reach out and get the support you need.”

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