A DAD collapsed and died after contracting tonsillitis after coming back from a trip because his “throat swelled up so much he couldn’t breathe”.
Mark Bramley, 34, complained of having a severe sore throat during his three-day visit to Amsterdam and spent most of the time there in bed and taking pain killers.
He returned to his home in Hucknall, Nottinghamshire on March 15 and collapsed on the kitchen floor.
Mark, who worked as an engineer, was found by his fiancée Charley Miller who peformed CPR in a bid to revive him.
Paramedics rushed him to hospital but doctors were unable to save him and turned his life-support machine off the next day.
Charley told Nottinghamshire Live: “It was very sudden. We have not got a cause of death yet but we think what has happened is his throat has swelled that much it has stopped the oxygen and he could not breathe.
“Men are very stubborn and don’t want to go to the doctors. It just goes to show that any little thing should be looked into.
“He probably thought it would get better. He was taking paracetamol, but he did not expect to die.”
She added that Mark suffered from a sore throat a lot but “doctors would not take out his tonsils”.
The couple have an 11-month-old daughter, Gracie Rae, who turns one on May 17.
The pair met while they were working together for the garden manufacturing company Doff Portland Ltd.
The Nottingham Forest fan proposed while they were on holiday in Barcelona.
Charley described Mark, who was also known as Bram, as “really fun, a star, a genuine, lovely guy” and said they had never been apart since they met and he had made her laugh every day.
Pals have set up a charity football match for Mark who used to manage and play for the amateur side Hucknall Town FC reserves.
Friends have also paid tribute to their much-loved pal.
Tom Raynor, 39, who was one of Mark’s best friends, said they met when he was 22 and described him as being like “a little brother” to him.
He added that he didn’t know anyone that had a bad word to say about him.
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Tommy Brookbanks, director of football for Basford United FC, described Mark as “a great lad”.
The charity match is due to take place at Hucknall Town FC on May 26.
Donations to a Just Giving page can be made here to help raise the couple’s daughter.
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