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More than 500 attend funeral of Bexleyheath Academy teen Philip Lamin in Welling

PUBLISHED: 12:35 08 March 2013 | UPDATED: 16:32 08 March 2013

More than 500 people gathered in Welling to celebrate the life of Bexleyheath Academy teen Philip Lamin, 16, who died after suffering a cardiac arrest last month while playing football.

Family, friends and school colleagues flocked to the Freedom Centre International in Upper Wickham Lane to pay their respects at his funeral this morning.

The teen, of Gordon Road, Belvedere, collapsed at Goals Soccer Centre in Graham Road, Bexleyheath on February 5 and later died in hospital.

His mum Juliet honoured her only child: “He was a happy boy and never got angry.

“He was respectful, polite and a true gent who was very protective of his friends and never disappointed his mum.”

Miljan Scekic, one of his best friends who also helped carry his coffin unto the church, added: “I don’t know why he’s gone but I’m sure there’s a good reason for it.

“I’ll miss all the times we spent together and he’s the best friend I could ever ask for.”

Bexleyheath Academy principal Carl Wakefield commented that he was proud and honoured to have Philip at his school.

Former Bolton Wanderers footballer Fabrice Muamba sent a letter of condolence to Bexleyheath Academy last week.

Muamba also suffered a heart attack while playing against Tottenham Hotspur in an FA Cup game on March 17 last year. He recovered but has since retired.

Did you know Philip? Send your tributes to kate.nelson@archant.co.uk or tweet @bexleytimes

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