'Fit and well' England fan, 29, collapsed and died celebrating Harry Kane's Euro 2020 goal against Germany

AN ENGLAND fan who collapsed while celebrating Harry Kane’s goal against Germany at Euro 2020 was “fit and well” when he died. 

Tragic Charlie Naughton, 29, had been watching the Three Lions game in a pub with pals and family when he jumped up to celebrate on June 29. 

The devoted Chelsea fan fell down and hit his head, before being rushed to hospital where he later died. 

Charlie, from Hayes, West London, was only just over the drink-drive limit at the time of his death and an inquest heard there was no evidence that he had taken drugs. 

West London Coroner’s Court heard that a pathologist was unable to find a cause of death for Charlie. 

Coroner Lydia Brown said Mr Naughton was "fit and well" when he died, and recorded an open conclusion into his death.

In a statement, Mr Naughton's family paid tribute to the "happy-go-lucky and loyal" bricklayer who "adored" his family and Chelsea FC.

His mum, Karen Sayer, said: "Chelsea was his true love. He travelled land and sea to support and watch them.

"He took regular bike rides and would walk his beloved dog, Mush. He was a hard-working man – working every day on various sites and doing private work as he was a fully qualified bricklayer.

"Charlie loved his family dearly. Charlie enjoyed time with his mates, most of whom he had gone to nursery with.

"He was with his best mates when he passed. He enjoyed many holidays together, sometimes twice a year together as a family.

"He was the most loyal and respectful person you would meet. He was always concerned about other people, especially his sisters and mum.

"Over 1,300 people attended his funeral – he had many friends everywhere from many walks of life.

"Charlie's passing has had a massive effect on many many people. Never did we expect to walk out of his front door one morning to never come back.

"Absolute heartbreak and devastation all in the blink of an eye. He had his whole life and a million dreams in front of him.

“He was my first ever best friend, my everything."


The inquest heard Mr Naughton had drunk around six pints of lager at The Crown in Cowley, West London, while watching the game with friends and his dad.

An ambulance was called at 6.46pm and paramedics found that he had an irregular heartbeat and rushed him to hospital. 

Despite resuscitation attempts, he was pronounced dead around an hour later at Hillingdon Hospital A&E.

The inquest heard that the only injuries found on Mr Naughton's body were a bruise on his head and a bitten tongue.

A post-mortem examination did not find any evidence of a heart attack and there were no findings of heart or lung disease.

The inquest also heard that Mr Naughton had tested positive for coronavirus in January this year and had received both doses of the Astra-Zeneca vaccine, however neither factor was thought to be related to his death.

It's exceptionally rare where someone dies in these circumstances.

Pathologist Dr Hiam Ali said Mr Naughton died of “sudden adult death”, with his mum saying that her son had been unfairly described as a “regular cocaine user” in documents given to the coroner.

She said: "It states Charlie was a regular cocaine user – that's not the case. He was in no way a regular user, that word to me shouldn't be there."

Coroner Lydia Brown replied: "There was no evidence of recent cocaine use. It wasn't found in the toxicology."

Recording an open conclusion, Mrs Brown said: "Charlie was watching a game of football in a public house on the 29 June 2021 when he collapsed.

"There were no significant injuries sustained. Paramedics resuscitated him at the scene and conveyed him to Hillingdon Hospital by ambulance where continued resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful.

"I will be recording what is known as an open conclusion – it means the evidence does not reach the test I'm obliged to use. We have exhausted all lines of enquiry.

"It doesn't really provide the family with any further explanation. It's exceptionally rare where someone dies in these circumstances.

"I'm afraid when you analyse sudden adult death that it doesn't explain anything at all. It's used when you can't find a reason why Charlie is not with us."

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