Dad of murdered teenager Paige Doherty ‘dies of a broken heart’
Culled from Metro
The father of murdered teenager Paige Doherty has died after struggling to cope with her death, his mother has said, Metro reported.
Boxer Jon Bothwell, 37, ‘died of a broken heart’ according to his mother Roseanne Bothwell, who paid tribute to her son last night.
The 71-year-old told the Daily Record: ‘He was heartbroken. Paige loved Jon out her mind too. He never got over it. He died of a broken heart. He was never the same after she died.
‘He said he used to have nightmares where he’d see her at the bottom of his bed and she wanted him to go with her.
‘We’ll never get over Paige’s death and Jon took it the worst. He died in the bedroom but they brought him back.
‘The paramedics then took him to hospital. He was in a coma. He died there on Saturday.’
Jon, who had split up with Paige’s mum Pamela, had battled depression after the death of his daughter, who was just 15 when she was stabbed to death in 2016.
Friends claim the violent way in which his daughter was killed has haunted Jon ever since.
His body was found at his flat on Main Street, Cambuslang, near Glasgow, on Saturday night.
He was taken by ambulance to Hairmyres Hospital in East Kilbride, where he died.
A major police search was launched on March 19, 2016, when Paige, from Clydebank, was reported missing after she failed to arrive at her part-time hairdressing job.
She had left a friend’s sleepover and was on her way to collect her wages when she entered killer John Leatham’s Delicious Deli shop in Whitecrook, West Dunbartonshire.
Paige Doherty’s coffin is transported by horse-drawn carriage following her funeral at St Margaret’s Church in Clydebank in 2016 (Picture: PA) Her body was found two days later in bushes at the side of a busy road with 61 stab wounds and more than 140 injuries to her body.
She was last seen on CCTV entering the Delicious Deli on the morning of her disappearance. Leathem was jailed for 27 years in October 2016 after pleading guilty to Paige’s murder.