Popular dad dies after falling down stairs on way to the toilet on Fathers Day

A popular dad-of-two has died at just 47 after falling down the stairs and breaking his leg on Father's Day.

Heartfelt tributes from family, friends and colleagues have flooded in for Mark "Sharky" Llewellyn from Llandaff North, Cardiff.

He had fallen down the stairs after getting up in the middle of the night to go to the toilet on June 20, which happened to be Father's Day, WalesOnline reports.

He was rushed to hospital via ambulance with a broken leg, but complications after an operation saw his health take a downhill turn and he died on June 27.

His widow Bernadette, 53, who married Mark in 2004 after meeting him through Llandaff North Rugby Club, has paid tribute to the much-loved rugby fanatic.

"Mark – my husband, friend and confidant, the man who would make me laugh and cry, the gent who would walk over hot coals not just for me, but for our beautiful children Rhys and Evan," she said.

"They are going to miss him so much. I remember the joy in his face when he held them for the first time and the joy we all got from listening to his many stories of Llandaff North tours and games.

"We’ll miss his chats with the boys while watching sport, talking about stats and player profiles. His knowledge was immense.

"Mark was involved in taking the boys to their various sports activities and volunteering when needed.

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"Nothing was too much for him – he might moan about it but he'd do it.

"His sudden departure has left a big void in our lives."

Recalling when they first met, she said: "I had no idea that when I went to watch my nephew’s rugby presentation the evening of November 9 2001 that I would meet my love, my future husband Sharky.

"We found each other later in life.

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"I loved his sense of humour, the way he made me laugh, his kindness and the love and care he showed me. Nothing was too much trouble for him.

"Eventually getting married and having children took over our lives.

"He made sure that he provided for us, that we wanted for nothing. We were his life, his purpose.

"When Covid hit, I continued to go to work and Mark was shielding – he became the mum, dad, cleaner, cook, teacher and shoulder to cry on.

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"The boys had invaluable time with him.

"Rhys and Evan will miss the treats they had with him, the walks to the park for kicking practice, and the downtime watching sport.

"Our lives will never be the same, my love. I will try to keep us all safe and make you proud. R.I.P my love."

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Bernadette added that her husband's death has been referred to the coroner and a cause of death has not been fully disclosed.

The well-known dad, who has 10-year-old twin boys, grew up playing for Llandaff North Rugby Club, starting off in the Minis and Juniors section.

He progressed through the ranks and played for the senior team, and then completed a coaching course at age 16, before eventually becoming a committee member.

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