Man who helped Clarke Carlisle following suicide attempt found dead

Former footballer Clarke Carlisle outside his home in Cattal, York. See Ross Parry copy RPYFOOTBALLER : Former footballer Clarke Carlisle has revealed that when he was hit by a lorry in December, he was attempting to take his own life.  In an interview with a national newspaper, Carlisle said he had been left severely depressed by the end of his football career, financial problems and the loss of a television punditry role.
Former footballer Clarke Carlisle outside his home in Cattal, York. See Ross Parry copy RPYFOOTBALLER : Former footballer Clarke Carlisle has revealed that when he was hit by a lorry in December, he was attempting to take his own life. In an interview with a national newspaper, Carlisle said he had been left severely depressed by the end of his football career, financial problems and the loss of a television punditry role.

The man who helped former Clarets footballer Clarke Carlisle in the minutes following his attempted suicide in December has been found dead.

National media reports have revealed that father-of-two Chris Kilbride (24) from Leeds had died.

Mr Kilbride had been travelling to work in his lorry when he spotted troubled ex-Burnley skipper Carlisle lying in the road with horrific injuries. He had jumped in front of another lorry and suffered serious facial injuries.

Mr Kilbride offered assistance to Carlisle and to the driver of the lorry, but later said he had suffered “flashbacks” of the shocking incident.

Clarke Carlisle, who has spokenly openly about his battle with depression and drink, said: “It is tragic news. My sincerest condolences go out to his family at this time.”

The retired defender, once dubbed “Britain’s Brainiest Footballer”, was given a three year driving ban in May.

The ex-footballer turned television and radio pundit appeared at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court in London after admitting failing to provide specimen to police who stopped him in the capital just before Christmas. He must carry out 150 hours of community work and has also been banned from driving until March 2018.

Following his recovery, Carlisle’s wife Gemma announced she was leaving the family home near York.