Tributes paid to bodybuilding dad, 37, found dead months after daughter’s birth – Mirror Online
The parents of a bodybuilder who died suddenly at home have said “their lives will never be the same” after losing their “inspirational” son.
Ben Harnett, 37, not only left behind his mum and dad but his wife Emma, 24, and five-month-old fighter Gracie.
The popular athlete was found dead at his home in Choppington, Northumberland, on February 2 by his devastated dad.
Now tributes have poured in for Ben, a dump truck driver, who was laid to rest let Friday.
His mum Tish told The Chronicle Live : “Losing a child as parents is not the way it should be.
“There will never be another Ben. I’ll never be the same without him.”
Dad Ben added: “The grief is so hard. We’ve found it a lot easier being around family and friends.
“It’s when you are by yourself you just start thinking about it.”
Ben grew up in Choppington and after school had brief stint with the fusiliers before training to become a dump truck driver.
But Ben’s real “passion” in life was working out at the gym and competing at bodybuilder contests.
Tish, 62, said: “That was his passion, he loved doing it.
“It took dedication for him to prepare for each show. It was his release from working the long hours.”
Dad Ben said: “Some people like having a drink. For Ben, he enjoyed the gym. It was his life.”
Ben was only married to wife Emma for eight month before he passed away.
Tish said: “Emma was his world. He was family-orientated, he loved being with all of us.
“He was a very sociable person who would give his time to people ahead of himself.
“He was the nicest, down to earth kid you would ever meet. He inspired so many people.”
Loved ones bid their final goodbyes to Ben in an emotional service at St John’s church in Bedlington on Friday.
Dad Ben finished: “He often sent me a text saying Dad I love you so much.
“I would say to Tish, I’ve got one of those love texts off Ben and she would say I have too.”
To read more about Ben’s story and donate for his daughter Gracie’s future, visit the GoFundMe page.