Schoolboy Archie Hughes, 11, suffered a suspected asthma attack after leaving a family event where he was the “life and soul of the party”, say his heartbroken family.
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A devout Aston Villa fan and “superstar schoolboy” has died of a suspected asthma attack hours after a family party.
Archie Hughes, 11, suddenly stopped breathing and went into cardiac arrest after leaving last Saturday’s party with his grandmother.
He was rushed to hospital but died hours later, Birmingham Live reported.
Archie’s aunt, Michela Hughes, 31, of Solihull, said the family was in “incredible shock” after the popular student’s death.
She said: “Archie was so cheeky, he had a proper fun personality, a very confident kid.
“It is an incredible shock. He is the only son of my sister-in-law.
“We are trying to support each other and in our minds we are planning a celebration that it absolutely deserves.
“Everything he did for us, his personality and his short 11 years, we want to be able to do something for him.
“You don’t expect this to happen to a child. The only thing you expect is a long time, just amazing.”
“We had been to my brother’s engagement party on Saturday.
“Archie was the life of the party, he danced, he socialized. That’s who he was, he made friends with anyone.”
He added that he was rushed to Birmingham Children’s Hospital, where doctors tried to resuscitate Archie for about an hour before he was pronounced dead.
He had a lifelong history of asthma and attended Archbishop Ilsley Catholic Secondary School in Acocks Green.
Michela added: “He was an absolute superstar. He was very sociable and always talked about football.
“He had a fantastic sense of humor and was able to make hilarious jokes, even with adults.
“Archie was so kind, thoughtful, loving and caring. Everyone always got a kiss hello and a kiss goodbye.
“Archie was a huge Villa fan. He knew everything about the club, the statistics, the players.
“He loved football so much that he even came to the Blues with me. He had to put the Villa gloves on backwards! He desperately loved football.
“If he found out you’re a Villa fan, you’d be an instant best friend. If he didn’t go to Villa Park, he’d be watching all the games on TV and the highlights, and if we were away from home, he would.” ask us to verify Villa’s score.
He said Archie’s favorite players were England stars Mings, 28, and Grealish, 26.
A JustGiving fundraising page for his funeral raised more than £6,000 in less than 24 hours.
Archie’s JustGiving page reads: “As a family, we are absolutely heartbroken and devastated beyond words at Archie’s passing and our priority now is to care for and support each other and plan to celebrate the life Archie deserves.”
To donate to the fund, click here .