PICTURED: British father-of-two, 35, who died after stag do punch

PICTURED: British father-of-two, 35, who died a week after being beaten up during a stag do on the Greek island of Zante

  • Matt Jeffery, 35, was drinking in a bar in town of Laganas on Thursday last week 
  • He got into an altercation with two men and was rushed to a hospital on Zante
  • He was airlifted to a hospital in Athens suffering from a serious head injury
  • He died a week later and his family have spoken of their grief on social media

Matt Jeffery, 35, died at a hospital in Athens

A British father-of-two has been pictured for the fist time since he died after being punched during stag do celebrations on the Greek island of Zante. 

Matt Jeffery, 35, from Yeovil, Somerset, was drinking in a bar in the beach resort town of Laganas on May 23 when he got into an altercation with two men.

It spilled onto the street where Mr Jeffery was punched, causing him to fall and hit his head on the pavement.

The groom, Sheridan Knight, wrote on Facebook on Wednesday: ‘This is the most painful thing I’ve ever had to write.

‘I can’t put into words my devastation and upset, my heart is broken, we went away with my closest friends for a celebration for me getting hitched.

‘Matt you really were a one in a million, I have made some of the best memories of my life with you and that is something I will never forget.

Mr Jeffrey (left) pictured with his friend Josh Harris, died after sustaining a serious head injury during stag do celebrations on Zante 

Sheridan Knight (left) the groom with Mr Jefferey (right) and another friend, Mr Knight said: ‘I can’t put into words my devastation and upset, my heart is broken, we went away with my closest friends for a celebration for me getting hitched.’

‘You went above and beyond for me and everyone who’s crossed your path, you were one of the kindest and one of the most supportive people anyone would want to meet.

‘I feel extremely privileged to have had you in my life and I will never forget what you have done for me. I will miss you deeply and so will everyone. All my love. RIP Matt Jeffery.’

Another friend, Josh Harris wrote: ‘To the most selfless and supportive guy with the biggest brightest smile in the room.

‘I thank you for all the favours, fixing my cars and hilarious memories we have shared together spanning roughly 20 years.’ 

Medics took Mr Jeffery to a local hospital where he was treated for serious head injuries before being airlifted to Athens for specialist treatment the following day.

There, he was placed in intensive care before the British Foreign Office confirmed his death on Thursday.

The attackers, also reported to be British, fled the scene but were tracked down by police using footage of the attack filmed by a passerby, Kathimerini reports.

Footage shows a man wearing a T-shirt being approached by two other shirtless men, one of whom hits him in the head.

The man then falls backwards off the pavement and into the road. 

Greek media reported that two men, aged 22 and 25, were arrested on Friday last week without identifying them.

Matt Jeffery, 35, from Yeovil, Somerset, was drinking in a bar in the beach resort town of Laganas on May 23 when he got into an altercation with two men

At the time they were charged with aggravated assault.

A spokesman for the Foreign Office confirmed the incident is being investigated by officials.

He said: ‘We are assisting the family of a British man who has been hospitalised in Greece, and are in contact with the hospital and local authorities.’

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