A Liverpool fan who suffered life-altering injuries in the Hillsborough disaster has been confirmed as the 97th victim of the tragedy following his death today. In a declaration the household of Andrew Devine, 55, said he died on Tuesday, 32 years after he was severely harmed at the FA Cup semi-final on April 15 1989.
The declaration said: “It is with terrific sadness and a sense of enormous loss that we can confirm that Andrew Devine died yesterday at the premature age of 55.” Our collective destruction is overwhelming but so too is the realisation that we were blessed to have had Andrew with us for 32 years considering that the Hillsborough disaster.” We welcome the conclusion of the coroner, Mr Andre Rebello, made today at Liverpool Coroners Court, that Andrew was unlawfully killed, making him the 97th fatality of the terrible occasions that took place on April 15, 1989.
” In the stepping in years, Andrew has actually been a much liked bro, uncle and son. He has actually been supported by his household and a group of devoted carers, all of whom devoted themselves to him.
” As ever, our ideas are with all of those affected by Hillsborough.
” We would ask that our personal privacy is appreciated at this sad time.”
” Our collective destruction is overwhelming however so too is the realisation that we were blessed to have actually had Andrew with us for 32 years given that the Hillsborough disaster.” We invite the conclusion of the coroner, Mr Andre Rebello, made today at Liverpool Coroners Court, that Andrew was unlawfully eliminated, making him the 97th fatality of the tragic occasions that took place on April 15, 1989.
In a different statement Liverpool FC stated they were “deeply saddened” by his death.A representative said: “A lifelong Liverpool advocate, Andrew continued to go to matches at Anfield when possible in spite of suffering life-altering injuries at Hillsborough on April 15 1989.
In a separate declaration Liverpool FC stated they were “deeply saddened” by his death.A representative stated: “A lifelong Liverpool fan, Andrew continued to attend matches at Anfield when possible despite suffering life-altering injuries at Hillsborough on April 15 1989.” In doing so he defied expectations that he would not endure for six months after the tragedy.” In 2016, an inquest jury ruled 96 Liverpool fans had actually been unlawfully eliminated in the Hillsborough disaster.Match leader David Duckenfield was cleared of gross neglect murder at a retrial in November 2019, after the jury in his first trial was unable to reach a decision.
The trial of (L-R) Donald Denton, Alan Foster and Peter Metcalf collapsed previously this year
Tributes of flowers at Anfield in December 2020 to keep in mind victims of the 1989 Hillsborough catastrophe in Sheffield
Previously this year, the trial of retired police officers Donald Denton and Alan Foster and previous force lawyer Peter Metcalf, who were implicated of perverting the course of justice following the catastrophe, collapsed after a judge ruled there was no case to address.