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News Update 08.07.14 – Anthony Smith

Anthony Smith

It is with great sadness we have to announce the death of Anthony Smith who passed away on the 7th July.

Anthony went to the doctors on Thursday with a nasty cough and was prescribed anti-biotics which seemed to make him a bit brighter on Friday. His ‘carer’, Robin Batchelor, was off to the Isle of Man but before he left he arranged for three women to come in, make sure Anthony took his pills and to cook for him. Saturday’s woman found Anthony collapsed on the floor and dialled 999. He was rushed to hospital and his son Adam was phoned and he flew back from Geneva and was with Anthony when he died in the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford on Monday morning. Anthony Smith was an icon of modern ballooning and will be missed by many, many people throughout the world.