Lifelong Liverpool FC fan Simon Dobbin who was brutally battered by hooligans in a devastating targeted attack has died.
Simon, who used to live in Ormskirk, was left trapped in his own body, unable to walk or talk after he was targeted at a pub while he was at an away game in Essex in 2015.
Essex Live reports Simon passed away at his home this morning, five years on from the horrific attack.
After spending almost a year in three different hospitals, Simon returned home to his family in March 2016.
Known as 'Dobbo' by his friends, Simon lived in Mildenhall with his wife and full-time carer, Nicole, and their daughter, Emily.
Cambridge United shared the sad news of Simon's passing and paid tribute to the dad.
In a tweet, they said: "It is with a heavy heart that Cambridge United can confirm we have received the devastating news that Simon Dobbin sadly passed away at home this morning. Sweet dreams Simon. Forever a U.
"The thoughts of everybody at @CambridgeUtdFC are with his wife Nicole, daughter Emily and his closest family & friends. We ask supporters to leave their messages of condolence for Simon's family at this difficult time.
"Rest in Peace Simon."
Simon was attacked on March 21, 2015 in East Street, Southend, after a match between Southend United and Cambridge United.
A lifelong Liverpool fan Simon, aka Dobbo, had only become a Cambridge United fan a year before the horrific attack.
He was among a group of Cambridge fans who were having a post-match drink in the Blue Boar pub in Southend, the designated pub for away supporters.
He and other friends were targeted after they left the Blue Boar - just yards from the safety of Prittlewell Train Station.
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During an attack that lasted no more than 30 seconds , Simon was hit and stamped on as he lay on the floor.
He was left permanently brain damaged by the attack and was unable to walk, talk or control his movements.
There have already been hundreds of likes and dozens of messages in response to the sad news, paying tribute and sending love to the family.
Twenty-five men reportedly set upon Simon that night. Of that group, nine were convicted for violent disorder on July 17, 2017.
A further three men were convicted at the same trial for conspiracy to commit violent disorder and one other man was convicted of assisting an offender and admitted possessing a pepper spray.
Since the trial however, ten of the men have been released from prison.
Last year, wife Nicole launched a campaign to get a new law passed by government.
The campaign, which is just 100s away from the 50,000 mark, asks for harsher punishments to be given to people who commit violent crimes like Simon's attackers.
She also wants people convicted of violent disorder to have a percentage of their earnings through work or benefits taken from them and given to the NHS for the rest of their lives.
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You can support the petition here for Simon's Law.
In 2019, Simon's home was completely transformed with the help of BBC One show DIY SOS.
Thanks to the generosity of hundreds of volunteers including local trades, family, friends and even the RAF Simon and his family finally had a home that worked for them.
Over 900 people volunteered to help build the Dobbin's a new home that would let Simon regain the dignity stripped from him in the attack, about 700 more people than they needed.