Brit tourist with ‘zest for life’ dies after 25 skull fractures in horror bike crash
A British tourist who had been in a coma on the paradise island of Bali following a bike accident has died, his family has confirmed.
James Criddle, 31, suffered 25 skull fractures in the crash and underwent seven hours of surgery to remove the pressure on his brain.
Despite the efforts of the doctors he died on the table when he suffered a cardiac arrest.
Tragically, his death came before his distraught parents were able to arrive at his bedside.
“As a family we do not believe in sympathy cards or lamenting. James was a funny, generous, kind and most of all remarkable soul who had an astonishing love of life and lived it to the full.
“We respectfully ask his life should be celebrated with stories shared of the times you spent with him and helping to add to his legacy of experience and ‘paying it forward’.
“In the same vein, we have made the decision not to have a traditional ‘funeral’ – nothing about James was traditional or ordinary and we would like to honour his life in a manner that befits his zest for life and his Insatiable appetite for love.
“We will shortly be organising and sharing details of a celebration of his life that all those that knew and loved him can attend.
“James’ body, which is the vessel that carried his beautiful soul, will physically stay in Bali, where he had some of his happiest times in the last couple of years and will be honoured by his friends there also.”
The Go Fund Me page had initially been set up to help pay for his spiralling medical bills and currently stands at around £11,000.
Rachael Thomas, who set up the page in the wake of the accident revealed the funds will now go towards those in need.
She added: “This page that has received such an outpouring of love, will now in part be used to fund the celebration of his life but will also shift into a way to ensure that James’ legacy lives on – by helping those most vulnerable in society, especially the homeless and underprivileged and those who suffer from mental health difficulties that aspired from living on the streets.
“The people of Pembrokeshire donated goods to help this cause where money was raised to form a soup kitchen where the homeless could have a hearty soup raised form the donations. we want James to always be remembered for the beautiful giving and loving heart he had.
“Although James is no longer of this world, his extraordinary spirit will live on in every act of kindness that we perpetuate and happy memory we share.”