Family pay tribute to Tony Bland at Hillsborough inquest

The family of Tony Bland who died following the Hillsborough disaster have been paying tribute to him today at the inquest into the tragedy. Tony was one of the last people to die after being in a coma for almost four years.

Hillsborough inquest: father remembers last moments of son's life

The last person to die as a result of the Hillsborough disaster was remembered in court today.

Tony Bland, from Keighley in West Yorkshire, died after being in a coma for almost four years. His family is among the last to give a personal tribute to their son at the inquest, which is hearing from the relatives of all 96 victims.

A statement written by his parents, Barbara and Allan, was read out in court. Part of it read:

"The young man we knew lost his life on 15th April 1989 and died in hospital four years later, on 3 March 1993."

Allan Bland spoke today of how the family came to the decision to turn of Tony's life-support machine.

Tony 'will always be loved' says family at Hillsborough inquest

Tony Bland who died following the Hillsborough disaster Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The family of Tony Bland who died following the Hillsborough disaster have paid tribute to him at the inquest into the tragedy. Tony Bland died after being in a coma for almost four years. 96 victims died in the disaster at Sheffield Wednesday's stadium in April 1989.

A statement describing Tony was read out to the jury:

"Tony lost his life on 15 April 1989, he died in March 1993 in hospital four years later in March 1993. Tony is remembered by many and will aways be loved and missed."

Andrew Duncan - Tony Bland's brother-in-law

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Parents of Tony Bland arrive at Hillsborough inquest

Family of Tony Bland arrive at court Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The parents of the last person to die following the Hillsborough disaster have arrived at court for the inquest into the tragedy.

Tony Bland who was the last person to die following Hillsborough disaster Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Tony Bland died after being in a coma for almost four years. His family is among the last to give a personal tribute to their son at the inquest - which is hearing from the relatives of all 96 victims.