Tributes to young emergency services superfan with rare genetic condition who died aged 23
A young emergency services superfan with a rare genetic condition has died aged 23. John Morgan, from Cardiff, suffered from Duchenne muscular dystrophy and struggled to eat certain types of food.
A post on his Facebook fan page by his family said John died at 5.45am on Friday June 3 after being rushed to hospital earlier in the week. Tributes have been paid to the young emergency services superfan by people around the world who have followed his journey and been touched by his remarkable life.
The message read: “It is with a heavy heart and eyes filled with tears that I must inform you that at 5:45 a.m. John grew the largest set of angel wings. John, not only were you there. shadow of your mother, but you were the most of all the biggest emergency services superfans in the world.”
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More than 4,300 people followed John’s Facebook page where he posted his admiration for the emergency services and the military and asked followers to help him collect military caps and badges.
Hundreds of people posted messages of condolence to his parents after reading the post about his death. Christine Greer said: “I’m absolutely heartbroken and devastated reading this post. I’ve had so much fun following John’s journey with the emergency services and providing so much inspiration. Thank you mum, from for sharing John with us. I send my heartfelt condolences to you as a family. Rest in peace John.
Sandra Goode said: “I’m so sorry to hear of this sad loss, John it was a pleasure and an honor to have known you, will remember the many times you laughed as you ran over my foot in the yard of playtime, and for all the inspiration and joy you shared always smiling. Now go get your next badge of honor, those angel wings were truly deserved for all the happiness you gave RIP xxxxx “
Landon Wilkey added: “My deepest condolences. I’m so grateful to have followed John. His adventures have always brought a smile to my face. You have been amazing in helping to fuel his passions and have clearly made his life joyful.”
John’s story made headlines in April 2020 when due to storage and buyer restrictions due to the coronavirus outbreak, John’s mother, Sharon, found herself struggling finding Asda chicken nuggets for his son – one of the few foods he could eat because of their soft dough.
Asda came to the family’s rescue and offered John a year’s supply.