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Comic shop owner choked to death on KFC Double Down burger


A man who survived leukaemia died after choking to death when a KFC became lodged in his throat.

Comic shop owner Simon Shaw, 40, was eating a Double Down burger while waiting for a bus home in George Street, Halifax, when he got into difficulty.

He ran to Newsline newsagents where he took a bottle of Lucozade paying shopkeeper Rauf Raja £1 for it as he necked the drink to try and clear the blockage.

Simon Shaw was a comic shop owner who travelled to ComiCons to see the likes of Lou Ferrigno (Picture: MEN)
Pictured with Hulk Hogan, Simon choked to death near his shop in Halifax (Picture: MEN)

Mr Raja told Bradford Coroner’s Court that he was still carrying his KFC bag when he went into his shop at 5pm on July 14 this year.

He said: ‘After two sips I could see he was struggling to breathe. There was a squeak and Lucozade came back out of his mouth.’

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Mr Shaw gestured to Mr Raja to help him by hitting his back or to do the Heimlich manoeuvre.

Some food came out, but he continued to choke and was unable to speak.

Mr Raja said: ‘I panicked. He was struggling to breathe and it was getting serious. I told him to lie down and I went outside to ask for help. I rang an ambulance but he had gone purple.’

He choked to death on a KFC Double Down burger (Picture: KFC)

He suffered a cardiac arrest and was taken to hospital where doctors managed to revive him and put him on life support.

However, they later concluded that he had suffered profound brain damage and his parents Carol and Mark Shaw agreed to turn the equipment off three days later.

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Mr Shaw ran Legacy Comics and was well known at comic conventions, travelling to the US to meet celebrities.

He was also a fan of wrestling and heavy metal and has been pictured with a number of stars, including Hulk Hogan and Lou Ferrigno, the star of TV’s Incredible Hulk.

His mother Carol Shaw said her son was a ‘great guy’ who had opened up the comic book shop after surviving acute lymphoid leukaemia ten years ago.

He was a popular comic shop owner, running Legacy Comics in Halifax (Picture: MEN)

She said he was a ‘great guy, both as a mate, a great aficionado in the comic book world, a hang out for geeks, children, parents, misfits and anyone who had no one else to talk to or
listen to them.’

‘He really was an all round unassuming fabulous son,’ she added. He really came into his own after battling leukaemia when he was 30.

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‘Not only are Mark and I so devastated and distraught by what happened, but my family, his friends, customers, suppliers and contacts, have been hit hard and miss his smiley face and  opening welcomes so much.

‘His artist and poetry friends have been compelled to draw, paint and write about him. He was a small guy who took up a big space.’

Senior coroner, Martin Fleming, told Mr Shaw’s family that it was ‘no wonder he touched the lives of so many people’.

He said the post-mortem had concluded he died from cerebral hypoxia as a result of choking on food.

Mr Fleming said: ‘To lose a son under these sudden unexpected circumstances must so hard to bear.’





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