25/02/2009

David Cameron's Eldest Son Dies

Conservative Leader David Cameron's eldest son Ivan has died in hospital, a party spokesman has confirmed.

Ivan, who Mr Cameron described as "wonderful", was a regular in-patient at St Mary's hospital in Paddington.

The six-year-old, who was born with cerebral palsy and epilepsy, needed round-the-clock care at the family's west London home.

Mr Cameron and his wife Samantha also have two younger children, Nancy and Arthur.

A Conservative Party spokesman said: "It is with great sadness that David and Samantha Cameron must confirm the death of their six-year-old son Ivan.

"Ivan, who suffered from cerebral palsy and severe epilepsy, was taken ill overnight and died at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, early this morning.

"David and Samantha would ask that their privacy is respected at this terribly difficult time."

Prime Minister Gordon Brown, whose baby daughter Jennifer Jane died in 2002, said: "Sarah and I were very saddened to hear of the death of Ivan and we have sent our condolences to David and Samantha. The death of a child is a loss no parent should have to bear.

"I know Ivan was a child who brought joy to all those who knew him and his was a life surrounded by love.

"The thoughts and prayers of the whole country are with David, Samantha and their family."

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg, whose wife gave birth to their third son at the weekend, also said: "My heart goes out to David and Samantha at this incredibly difficult time for them and their family."

(JM/KMcA)

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