The British rugby league community is mourning the tragic death of Scott Bessant, three years after a life-changing accident that remains unexplained.
The 37-year-old died in hospital on Thursday nearly three years after he was found with multiple injuries in 2017.
The father-of-two died after complications from pneumonia.
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The former Wales Dragonhearts player - an amateur international side - was found with serious injuries in Pentwyn Lane in Abergavenny in August 2017.
He had been drinking in the Little Crown pub in nearby Abersychan the night before.
“For over 950 days, Scott’s parents, Howard and Jackie, didn’t miss a day in visiting their son, until everything went on lockdown,” a tribute on the Wales Rugby League website read.
“Scott was due to eventually live with his sister Rachael, whose home was in the process of being adapted for his complex needs.
“There was an initial scare in April when it was thought Scott had contracted COVID-19 but last week, he went down with pneumonia and sadly lost his battle on the morning of Thursday 25th June.”
Scott Bessant’s mysterious accident
Bessant suffered multiple fractures to his skull, neck, ribs and pelvis in the accident, as well as a number of strokes in the aftermath.
However his family and authorities are still unable to explain what happened.
“We think he walked up the old line [a disused railway line], but as of yet, because nobody has been able to confirm that, we’re not sure,” Bessant’s brother-in-law Neil Chere previously told Wales Online.
“That was on his way home. It could take you about an hour to get to where he was.
“From the time he left the pub until 5am in the morning we don’t know where he was.
“All we know is that at 5am a member of the public who was going to work found him.”
RIP Scott Bessant❤️— Torfaen Tigers RLFC🐯 (@TorfaenTigersRL) June 25, 2020
It is with heavy hearts we share the news of the sad passing of former Wales Dragonhearts, Newport Titan and Torfaen Tiger Scott Bessant.
Our deepest thoughts and condolences are with all Scott’s Friends and family from all at the club at this sad time. https://t.co/SDatGtKjpP
Due to coronavirus measures Bessant’s family and children had been unable to visit him.
While never playing professionally, Bessant earned a trial with Super League side Celtic Crusaders but couldn’t attend when he contracted salmonella.
“Everyone at Wales Rugby League sends their sincere condolences to Scott’s family and his multitude of friends,” the governing body said in a statement.
Tributes are also flooding in on social media.
Rest In Peace Scott Y N W A ❤❤— kirsty (@kirstyceryn) June 25, 2020
Rugby player Scott Bessant has died, three years after being paralysed in a mystery incident https://t.co/XT0ud214m7
Very sad to hear Scott Bessant has passed away. 😢 My thoughts rest with his friends and family.— Tomos Oakley (@OakleyTomos) June 25, 2020
We'd like to offer our sincere condolences to all of Scott Bessant's family & friends and everyone at his community club @TorfaenTigersRL. Scott was a giant of the community game and news of his passing is sad indeed.— Rhondda Outlaws RL (@Rhonddaoutlaws) June 25, 2020
Sad news tonight about the passing of Scott Bessant after his long battle. Thoughts are with his family at this time 💔— Welsh Club Rugby 🏉 (@welshclubrugby) June 25, 2020
Gutted to hear of the passing of an Ex team mate Scott Bessant 😢 you fought so hard for so long! Condolences to his family and 2 young children ❤️— Lee pearson Ⓜ️ (@leepearson11) June 25, 2020