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Young dad dies suddenly while walking with two-year-old daughter on beach

Annie Walton Doyle

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Young dad dies suddenly while walking with two-year-old daughter on beach

Featured Image Credit: Family Handout/Environment Agency

A New Zealand family has been left devastated after a young dad tragically died while taking his daughter out.

The young father from Wellington, New Zealand, was found unresponsive on Raumati beach on June 28 while walking with his two -year-old little girl.

Andre Bradshaw, 25, had been walking on the sands with his two-year-old daughter, Skyla.

Tragedy struck on a New Zealand beach. Credit: Environment Agency
Tragedy struck on a New Zealand beach. Credit: Environment Agency
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When he was found by an unsuspecting member of the public, his daughter was still by his side.

It's believed Bradshaw died from 'asphyxia by sand' after his collapse by the seaside.

Bradshaw was last seen alive at 11.50am that morning by his former partner.

He was found face down on the beach at 12.10 pm.

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But his family have been left with nothing but confusion and questions following the tragedy.

Andrew Bradshaw passed away with his daughter Skyla by his side. Credit: Give a Little
Andrew Bradshaw passed away with his daughter Skyla by his side. Credit: Give a Little

Skyla’s mother Meya Cameron has launched a fundraiser following his death.

“Andre passed away doing what he loved the most and that was walking on the beach with Skyla and Skyla witnessed it. We are in complete shock," she wrote.

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"Skyla was everything to Andre and Skyla will always look up to her Dada."

"Skyla is only 2-years-old, and it is a massive change in her life as she has lost her dad,” she added.

"Any amount big or little donated will be hugely appreciated."

Coroner Mark Wilton has since published his findings.

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The night before his death, Bradshaw attended the Wellington Accident and Urgent Medical Centre complaining of severe neck pain.

He was prescribed Tramadol, which could have left him feeling lightheaded and woozy.

Bradshaw's medical records also show he had a seizure disorder attributed to conversion disorder, and suffered from chronic regional pain syndrome (CRPS).

His autopsy found sand in his windpipe, suggesting Bradshaw collapsed and attempted to breathe while face down in the sand.

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There was also sand in Bradshaw's lungs, alongside evidence of pulmonary oedema.

Bradshaw's blood also contained three different flu-like viruses that could have contributed both to his collapse and his eventual asphyxiation.

You can donate to Bradshaw's Give a Little here.

If you have experienced a bereavement and would like to speak with someone in confidence, contact Cruse Bereavement Care via their national helpline on 0808 808 1677

Topics: Parenting, Life, Real Life

Annie Walton Doyle
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