Matt Dunn's two-year-old daughter dies from severe form of epilepsy

English cricketer Matt Dunn’s two-year-old daughter dies after battle with severe form of epilepsy… as the Surrey bowler shares emotional message in which he says she ‘will forever be’ in his heart

  • Matt Dunn confirmed his daughter died in an Instagram story on Wednesday 
  • His two-year-old daughter Florence, died from a severe form of epilepsy
  • The Surrey bowler in a post said that Florence would ‘forever be’ in his heart

England cricket star Matt Dunn is mourning the loss of his two-year-old daughter Florence, who has died from a severe form of epilepsy.

Tributes have been paid to Dunn and his family, after the Surrey bowler announced the news in a message on his Instagram story on Wednesday.

Sharing a picture of his daughter, Dunn said she would ‘forever be’ in his heart.

Florence suffered with a rare and severe form of epilepsy known as Dravet Syndrome, which is described by the NHS as a ‘rare, life-limiting and devastating genetic neurological condition’. 

While a separate post on an account dedicated to Florence read: ‘Our beautiful girl gained her angel wings and was lost to SUDEP (sudden unexpected death in epilepsy).

Surrey bowler Matt Dunn’s two-year-old daughter has died from a severe form of epilepsy

‘To find the words at this time is almost impossible. You were so incredibly loved and the imprint you have left on so many lives is something to behold, you lit up any room you entered. We will be forever so proud of you and your fight baby girl.’

A statement from the county read: ‘Everyone at Surrey is greatly saddened by the news of the passing of Matt Dunn’s daughter Florence. 

‘Our thoughts are with Matt and his wife Jessica, who bravely managed Florence’s Dravet Syndrome – a severe form of epilepsy.’

Surrey’s director of cricket Alec Stewart also offered his condolences to the family, saying: ‘We are all absolutely devastated to hear of Florence’s passing and our very best wishes are with the whole Dunn family. We will provide Matt and Jessica with all the support that we can.’

The cricket community has come together to offer their condolences to Dunn and his family

The cricket community has come together to offer their condolences to Dunn and his family, with Essex saying :’Our heartfelt condolences go out to Matt and his family.’

A statement on Yorkshire’s social media accounts also said: ‘Sending our love and thoughts to the Dunn family at this incredibly hard time.’

Dunn has played for his home county Surrey since 2010. He has also represented England as part of a development side which faced Sri Lanka in 2011.  

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