‘Kind, caring’ man, 31, died at the roadside from a rare condition he was born with

Dan Biggs, 31, was driving his lorry in Cornelly Quarry, Porthcawl, when for some reason he decided to pull over. It was the last thing he ever did.

He died suddenly at the roadside where he was discovered by his work colleagues.

His family, who are from Bridgend, said he died from deep vein thrombosis which caused a large blood clot that went straight to his lungs – causing a cardiac arrest.

His parents, Steve and Sally, were on holiday in Cape Verde at the time of their son’s death on November 11 – a holiday that was planned to celebrate Steve’s retirement.

“It was out of the blue, there was no warning, I messaged him in the morning and he seemed fine,” said Steve.

“I had a call from my son Jonathan who told us the news and it’s just devastating. I couldn’t believe it.

“We were due to come back on December 3 but we were very lucky that we managed to get a flight home the following day.”

The 31-year-old had Klinefelter’s syndrome which he was diagnosed with at the age of 19. It is a condition where boys and men are born with an extra X chromosome. It can make people more prone to have deep vein thrombosis.

Unbeknown to his family, Dan was born with this condition, which affects just one in 600 men.

He worked at Tarmac and was said to have loved his job.

Dan pictured inside the lorry with Chris Lewis from Renault Truck Cardiff
(Image: Family handout)

Dan’s family are now trying to raise awareness of Klinefelter’s syndrome
(Image: Family handout)

“Dan was a very kind and caring person always thinking of others before himself. He had a heart of gold and would help anyone,” added Steve, 61.

“He loved mechanics and cars. Even his boss said that he was so loyal and he knew everything about the lorry.

“He’s half my age and I just didn’t think that he would pass away before me. Unfortunately you can’t rewind back the time.

“Life is very cruel at times. Sometimes you can’t fathom out why things happen as they do. We are all devastated.”

Dan’s funeral will take place on November 27.

The family are now trying to raise awareness of Klinefelter’s Syndrome Association.

Steve added: “The condition is not that well known and we would like to help the association continue with their great work in helping and making more people aware of this condition.

“Due to the fact Dan had Klinefelter’s Syndrome, it made him more prone to have deep vein thrombosis.

“It’s comforting to know that Dan wouldn’t have suffered and it would have happened quickly. Unfortunately, nothing could have been done to save him.

“We just have to try and remain positive. Words are not enough to thank everybody who has sent messages and made a donation.”

You can donate here.

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