Millionaire financier Ben Goldsmith has tweeted a heartbreaking message asking god for his ‘little girl back’ after she died in a ‘quadbike’ crash on the family farm.
Ambulance crews were called to the Goldsmiths’ home in the Somerset village of North Brewham on Monday afternoon after Mr Goldsmith’s eldest daughter Iris Annabel, 15, was involved in a crash.
Mr Goldsmith tweeted today: ‘Dear God, please can I have my beautiful, brilliant, kind little girl back, please God. And if not, please take extra special care of her. I love her so so much and I’m so proud of her. It hurts me so much I can’t describe.’
He and his ex-wife were left ‘devastated’ by the death of their ‘beautiful, charming, intelligent’ teenage daughter in the ‘quad bike’ accident.
Locals in the quiet village told of their shock as the high-profile family comes to terms with the teenager’s death, who is the daughter of heiress Kate Rothschild.
Kate, 37, was staying at the country estate when the accident happened and her ex-husband Ben, 38, was playing in a cricket match, in Surrey, at the time.
A family friend told the Mail: ‘This is the most awful accident. Iris was a complete firecracker – an absolute delight. Everyone in the family loved her to bits.
‘She was beautiful, charming, intelligent, wonderful company and absolutely the loveliest person you could meet.
Financier Ben Goldsmith’s eldest daughter Iris Annabel (pictured) has been tragically killed in a quad bike crash at the family’s farm in Somerset
Locals in the quiet village told of their shock as the high-profile family comes to terms with Iris Goldsmith’s (pictured) death
‘Ben and Kate are completely devastated. They are numbed to their core and united in their grief.
‘Iris captured the charm of Ben and the sense of Bohemian charisma of Kate. All the family are rallying round Ben and Kate.’
Locals in the village of North Brewham said today they are devastated by Iris’ death
Ben was playing a cricket match when he received the call about the accident.
He had entered his own team at a private match held at Charterhouse School in Godalming, Surrey, and rushed back to Somerset to see Iris in hospital.
He told fellow players that she had been involved in a collision, but at that stage her injuries were not believed to have been life-threatening.
The game was abandoned when Ben sped away from the match with his two elder sons Frankie, 13, and 11-year-old Isaac.
Kalim Khan, who was playing, told MailOnline: ‘We were in the field and Ben’s team was batting when he got a call to say that something was wrong.
‘Two guys came onto the wicket to say that something serious had happened and Ben had to leave.
‘His two sons were with him and half the team were his family and friends so we took the decision to abandon the game.
‘We were told at the time the accident wasn’t serious and that it wasn’t a life-threatening situation. We were told that his daughter was ok, but that she needed to go to hospital.’