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A TALENTED teenage roller hockey player has died after being attacked on the first day of his Greek island holiday.

Jon Hiles, aged 18, from Llandaff North, Cardiff, suffered head injuries after being punched off a stage in a nightclub on the Greek island of Zante during the early hours of Friday last week.

Jon, who had represented the Great Britain roller hockey team at various age groups, was taken to a local hospital but his injuries were so severe he was airlifted to an intensive care unit in Athens where he died on Sunday - a day before his 19th birthday.

His parents Denzil and Peryn, girlfriend Clare Ursell, and her brother and Jon's close friend, Josh Ursell, flew out to the Greek capital and were at his bedside when he died.

Friends who accompanied Jon on holiday say they are remaining on the island to help police with their investigation. Jon, who also played ice hockey for Cardiff Devil's junior team, was described as one the most talented players in the Welsh Region in a tribute posted on the website of the British Inline Puck Hockey Association.

A spokeswoman for the Foreign Office said:

"Next-of-kin have been informed and are receiving consular assistance."

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PUNCHED... Jon Hiles (inset) and with his Cardiff Capitals team-mates (front row, left)
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jul 25, 2007
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