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Friends and family shocked by sudden death of Jaye, 30

Friends and family shocked by sudden death of Jaye, 30

Francis Batt

Friends and family shocked by sudden death of Jaye, 30

The sudden death of Windsor Rugby Club veteran Jaye Bowden has left his friends and family devastated.

Jaye, 30, a talented painter and decorator, collapsed while out jogging.

He is believed to have been a victim of 'sudden arrhythmic death syndrome' which strikes unexpectedly and often affects apparently healthy young people.

His dad Roger, of Alexandra Road, Windsor said: "He was fitter than he had ever been in his life. On the night he died he went jogging in Burnham. I was due to meet him and drive him home but he never arrived."

He had been seen to collapse shortly before 10pm on April 10 by a nearby resident who called an ambulance - but Jaye was declared dead at Wexham Park Hospital, Slough. 

The ex-Windsor Boys' School pupil was a keen rugby player from a small child, playing for the county before he was 15 and becoming a valued member of Windsor Rugby Club.

He was a successful painter and decorator in the town. Roger said: "He worked on Queen Victoria's waiting room at Windsor Riverside station and helped with the restoration of the bell tower at St George's School."

He also helped rugby star Zinzan Brooke and his wife decorate their bed and breakfast business in Windsor.

Jaye retired from rugby after an injury but discovered a new love - motocross, attending motorcycle trials abroad with friends. 

He had spent several months recently working on the house in Spain owned by his parents - but was currently back in Windsor staying at the family home in Alexandra Road.

He leaves his parents Roger and Liz and sister Katie.

The funeral is on Tuesday at All Saints Church, Frances Road, Windsor at 2pm followed by a reception at Windsor Rugby Club.

See this week's Express for the full story and a tribute from the rugby club.

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