Fit and healthy student, 22, dies suddenly after using punch bag in the gym

A fit and healthy student tragically died suddenly after collapsing during a workout in the gym.

Ethan James Williams, 22, collapsed suddenly after using a punch bag while he was at JD Gyms in Liverpool city centre with his mates, Liverpool Echo reports.

Staff at the venue and other gymgoers performed CPR on Ethan, but despite their best efforts he was tragically pronounced dead a short time later at the Royal Liverpool Hospital.

The results of a post-mortem examination later confirmed he had died as a result of a blood clot on his lung.

His family have now paid tribute to an "incredible person" and set up a GoFundMe page in his honour, six months on from his death on December 7 last year.

The GoFundMe page was set up by Ethan's sister, Sarah Williams, to raise money for a memorial bench and a tree in his memory. The rest of the funds will be donated to the mental health charity YoungMinds.

Paying tribute, Sarah described Ethan as an "incredible person" who could fill any room he walked into "with love and laughter."

Sarah told the ECHO: "He was just somebody that could make anybody feel better. He was so full of life and so energetic and fun.

"He was the biggest character out of our family, he really was. There wasn't a bad bone in his body, he was just incredible.

"I'm not just saying that because he's passed away he really was the most amazing person.

"He could walk into any room and fill the room straight away with love and laughter."

The 22-year-old, from Cardiff, was in his second year studying sociology at the University of Liverpool and "absolutely loved" life as a student in the city.

He died on Monday, December 7, just four days before he was due to go home to spend Christmas with his family.

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Ethan leaves behind his parents Miriam and David Williams, aged 58 and 63, his three siblings Sarah, 42, Sian, 30, and David, 43, and his niece and nephew Heidi, 10, and Ethan, 18.

Sarah said: "It's one of those things you think happens to other families but you don't think will happen to you.

"That's the hard bit to accept, that in reality it can happen to anyone at any time. I don't think we will ever be able to come to terms with it.

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"It was in the last five years really that I got to be his friend rather than his big sister and know him as an adult and go out drinking with him. I feel robbed of that really.

"We all feel robbed of a life that brought so much happiness."

Due to coronavirus restrictions, Sarah said Ethan didn't get "the funeral he deserved" but a group of friends and family came together to celebrate his 23rd birthday in April by hiking up Pen y Fan in south Wales.

The group then headed down to Llandaff Fields where Ethan used to hang out with his friends to let off lanterns in his memory.

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The family are now hoping to raise enough money for a memorial bench in Llandaff Fields where his loved ones can go and sit and remember him.

Ethan's mum Miriam would also like a tree to be planted in his memory in Victoria Park near his home in Cardiff.

Sarah said: "That's what we want – for his memory to live on and for him to live on as a person as much as he can be."

You can find and donate to their GoFundMe page by clicking here.

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