Kenneth McGregor had been in the garden, enjoying some crisps and juice with his three-year old daughter.

The dad, aged only 28, was spending time with Eliana, before he decided to mow the grass.

Kenneth only managed one strip before he fell, hitting his head against a brick wall as he landed.

His fiancée returned home from work shortly after to see Eliana sitting with her dad saying ‘Daddy won’t wake up’.

Kenneth’s fiancée tried to perform CPR but Kenneth could not be saved.

It was established that Kenneth McGregor was the victim of “SUDEP”, a medical term meaning sudden unexpected death due to epilepsy possibly, on July 10, 2014.

Today his family spoke about the heart-breaking incident in a bid to raise awareness of SUDEP.

Kenneth’s mum Edna O’Connor and her husband, Eddie, of Strathmartine Road, are devoting their time and passion to raising funds for epilepsy research – a condition Kenneth was diagnosed with when he was 13.

Shortly after Kenneth’s fiancée found him dead outside she phoned family to let them know what had happened. Edna then received a call at work from her husband Eddie.

Edna said: “I knew from his voice that it was something serious. Then he said ‘we’ve lost Kenneth’.

“We got to the house 15 minutes later.

“I didn’t believe it until I saw him there under the blanket that rescue services had covered him in.”

Eddie added, “Kenneth was a big, gentle guy of 6ft 4, he was full of life and had many friends.

“We want to help with the research into sudden unexplained death so other families like ourselves don’t get faced with the same thing.”

Edna said: “Kenneth was mad on football and loved going to the Scotland matches with his dad, Kenny McGregor, and the tartan army. At his funeral, his brother Kevin and their friends came dressed in Scotland shirts with Kenneth’s name printed on the back and kilts.

“I’m still grieving. I’m not sure how to interpret my feelings. I was a nurse for 37 years but I had to leave because I can’t cope.”

Kenneth suffered his first seizure when he was only 13.

Edna said: “We were unable to control his epilepsy but didn’t get much warning when a seizure was going to strike. It was very distressing and horrible to see.

“When he fell he would often hit something. It would take 20 minutes before he became conscious and we could put him to sleep. He would sleep for maybe four hours after.”

Three weeks before Kenneth died he underwent tests for his epilepsy at Ninewells.

Edna added: “He was kept in and tested over three days because of the seizures and unusual vacant episodes.

“Things were looking positive. He thought that his life would improve and that everything was going to get better.”

Edna added: “I miss his big smile.

“I put a face on and try to continue with my life. But it is hard. I miss him desperately. I used to be confident and now I feel anxious and find it difficult to concentrate. My life will never be the same.”

Edna and her husband, this week, presented a cheque of £1000 to consultant Dr Ian Morrison of Ninewell’s Neurology Department. A second cheque for £2728.34 was presented to Chris Jeans from SUDEP Action, a charity which provides support and counselling for people left bereaved.

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Edna and Eddie present cheques for their donations to Ninewells Hospital and SUDEP Action.


The money raised came from a number of special occasions; a charity night at the Logie Social Club. Kenneth’s brother Kevin, and birth Dad, Kenny, also held a darts competition at the Glen’s Bar, Clepington Road.

The events have included raffles, catering and entertainment from bands including Sorted, Buffalo Soldiers and The Ukes of Hazard and all have been well-supported because of Kenneth’s popularity.

The family hope to arrange more events that raise awareness of SUDEP, and help identify the causes that will allow early intervention to prevent further tragedies occurring.

Christine Jeans, Development Officer for SUDEP Scotland, said: “SUDEP Action help to support bereaved families. There is comfort of being with someone who has gone through the same thing.

“We also raise awareness because we need to know why our fit and healthy family members are dying from SUDEP.”


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