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Nick Knowles pays emotional tribute to dad who died after being battered by football hooligans

NICK Knowles has paid an emotional tribute to dad Simon Dobbin who died after being battered by football hooligans. 

The DIY SOS presenter, 58, shared some kind words about the Cambridge United football fan, who he met when he appeared on the show in January 2019. 

Simon Dobbin, 48, was left brain-damaged after he was viciously assaulted after a match between his beloved team and Southend United, five years ago.

The dad-of-one and his wife Nicole appeared on DIY SOS and TV presenter Nick Knowles, interior designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and dozens of volunteers spent nine days adapting the house to better suit Mr Dobbin's needs.

On hearing the news that Simon had passed away in his sleep, Nick tweeted: "Very sad news. His family put everything aside to care for him. Our sympathies are with them."

The show helped completely transform the couple's home by turning his dining room into a bedroom with cameras and a wet room.

Nicole Dobbin said her husband's death had come as a shock, as he had been "his usual self, laughing and smiling the day before".

The Cambridge United supporter was left permanently brain damaged after being ambushed in an unprovoked attack in March 2015.

His horrific catalogue of injuries left him unable to walk or talk.

Thirteen men were convicted for the vicious assault, with the prosecutor describing the attack as “a carefully prepared ambush”.

Simon’s much adored team Cambridge United FC broke the news Simon had died.  

Posting on Twitter, they wrote: “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.”

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