Scott Bessant: Former rugby league star dies, aged 37, three years after suffering brain damage in horror incident

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Scott Bessant, the former rugby league player, has died in hospital nearly three years after suffering brain damage.

The 37-year-old, who won six caps for Wales Dragonhearts, has passed away following complications from pneumonia after initial fears he had contracted coronavirus.

His passing comes almost three years after the August 2017 incident which left Bessant with a fractured skull, neck and fractured pelvis and broken ribs.

The full-back was found unconscious next to a bridge in Pentwyn, Torfaen after a night of drinking at a pub in Abersychan.

He had since suffered multiple strokes and was unable to walk or talk, and died in hospital having been admitted in April amid fears he had contracted COVID-19.

Wales Rugby League wrote in a statement: “For over 950 days, Scott’s parents, Howard and Jackie, didn’t missed a day in visiting their son, until everything went on lockdown.

“Scott was due to eventually live with his sister Rachael, whose home was in the process of being adapted for his complex needs.

“There was an initial scare in April when it was thought Scott had contracted COVID-19 but last week, he went down with pneumonia and sadly lost his battle on the morning of Thursday 25th June.

“Scott leaves behind his parents Howard and Jackie, son Cailan, daughter Eloise, sisters Sian, Rachael and Naomi, brothers Gavin and Dwain, nephews Ryan and Oliver, brother in law Neil and future brother in law Owain.

“Everyone at Wales Rugby League sends their sincere condolences to Scott’s family and his multitude of friends.”

RIP Scott Bessant 11/06/1983 – 25/06/2020

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RIP Scott Bessant 11/06/1983 – 25/06/2020

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