A ‘super fit’ former rugby star collapsed and died of heart disease a day after proposing to his long-time girlfriend.
Steve Booth, who starred for the Leicester Tigers, tragically died the day he was due to pick up the diamond engagement ring he had ordered for his fiancee Danielle Watts.
The 42-year-old and his partner, who had two young children together, had just returned from a family holiday to Mexico and were excitedly making plans for their future.
Grief-stricken Ms Watts told Leicestershire Live that she picked up the ring he had ordered for her, adding: “I will wear it in memory of Steve.
“It’s just a shame that after all this time he won’t get to place it on my finger.”
She has since found out that he had an undiagnosed heart condition.
She added: “Everything was going so well. We had just come back from a lovely family holiday to Cancun in Mexico and he had proposed to me.
“He had proposed to me a few times over the years but we had both just laughed it off. This time he was serious.
“Steve meant it and we were excitedly making plans to go back out to Cancun to get married out there as we had had such a great time. It feels surreal that he is no longer here with us.”
The couple, who had been together for 11 years, had two children together – nine-year-old Maisie, who helped to pick out the engagement ring, and five-year-old Jack.