A dad left in a vegetative state following a vicious assault has died five years later.

Family man David Black was 35 when he was attacked by Raymond Bell, then 29, and left for dead after a house party in November 2014.

His injuries, including a bleed on the brain, were so severe they changed his life forever and rendered the dad-of-two bed-bound and only able to communicate with his family by blinking.

The 40-year-old Celtic fan, from Blantyre, Lanarkshire, passed away at Kilbryde Hospice on October 27 from bronchial pneumonia. His heartbroken mum Kate Neil said: “David was an amazing son, brother and dad.

“He gave our life meaning and faith and showed us what love was. He will be extremely missed and loved forever and left a lasting impression on everyone he met.

David Black with daughter Donna-Marie before the attack

“He fought the hardest battle on Earth and even until the end continued to show us just how strong, brave and beautiful his soul truly was. I laid a crucifix on his chest and he passed away peacefully. David was not afraid to die and I was not afraid to let him go.”

Kate was forced to turn her living room into a makeshift hospital ward in a bid to provide her son with at-home care while awaiting an appropriate adapted property.

She added: “A huge thank you to the staff at the hospice. From the minute he was admitted there he had a cheeky grin and his blue lips turned pink again. He was at peace and so were we.”

David was found barely alive in a coma five days after the attack. The court heard that Bell inflicted horrific injuries on David, repeatedly kicking and stamping on his head.

He denied the attack but was convicted of attempted murder and jailed for nine years.

A date for David’s funeral is yet to be confirmed.

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