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British opposition leader devastated over son's death

Britain's main opposition leader David Cameron has said that the sudden death of his severely disabled boy had left a hole in his life "so big that words can't describe it".

world Updated: Mar 01, 2009 08:33 IST
AFP
Hindustantimes

Britain's main opposition leader David Cameron has said that the sudden death of his severely disabled boy had left a hole in his life "so big that words can't describe it".

In his first public comments on the death of his six-year-old son Ivan, who died in hospital on Wednesday, the Conservative Party leader yesterday said he and his wife Samantha were consoling themselves in the knowledge that their son's suffering was over.

Ivan Cameron had a rare epilepsy condition accompanied by severe cerebral palsy.

In a weekly email to party members, he said his family had always been acutely aware that Ivan might die young.

"But we didn't expect to lose him so young and so suddenly. He leaves a hole in our life so big that words can't describe it. Bed time, bath time, meal time -- nothing will feel the same again," the 42-year-old wrote.

"We console ourselves knowing that he won't suffer any more, that his end was quick, and that he is in a better place. But we all just miss him so desperately."

Cameron said his wife, five-year-old daughter Nancy, and son Arthur Elwen, three, had been lucky to have enjoyed the time they had with Ivan.