MP’s son and dad-of-two dies suddenly days before Christmas

An MP’s son and "compassionate and loyal" dad-of-two died suddenly at his home.

Ben Latham, 44, suffered from an aortic dissection- a tear in the wall of the heart’s major artery in the early hours of Tuesday, December 11.

He passed away in the home he shared with wife Tracey and children, Poppy and Harry, the Derby Telegraph reports.

His mum, mid-Derbyshire MP Pauline Latham, described Ben as "a wonderful, loving, kind, compassionate, loyal and fun human being whose life has touched so many people", reports Derbyshire Live.

A statement from the Tory MP, posted on Twitter, read: "At 44, it was just too soon. Along with his wife and two children, we are all distraught.

"He was a wonderful, loving, kind, compassionate, loyal and fun human being whose life has touched so many people. He didn’t sit at home waiting for things to happen. He was an organiser who lived every day to the full.

"As a son, he was so wonderful and always thought of others, as a husband he was adored and as a father, he was amazing.

"His sister, Sarah, and brother, Oliver, are totally devastated and cannot imagine life without him.

"Fortunately this year we have had some close and wonderful times such as celebrating my 70th birthday with a party for family and friends; an Easter holiday where we all stayed on the same complex and went for walks, meals and discovered Canterbury together.

"Derek and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary in Spain followed by two weeks in the village we had spent many happy family holidays together when all our children were small and where they now all take their children on holiday.

"This was Ben’s favourite holiday destination which we will continue to visit and have many happy memories of him over the years."

Ben worked for Boots when he was instrumental in setting up their first internet sales, followed by a short time at E-On. For around the last 12 years he had worked for Summit Media in East Yorkshire.

Ben’s funeral takes place at St Mary’s Church in Beverley, at 2pm on Thursday.

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