Today, Liverpool FC released a statement regarding the passing of Andrew Devine. Devine, 55, suffered life altering injuries while attending the FA Cup Semi-Final match in Hillsborough on April 15, 1989. Following the tragedy on that day, Devine continued to be a passionate Liverpool fan for the last 32 years.
Devine has been determined to be unlawfully killed according to the Liverpool Coroner’s Court. This passing establishes the total number of deaths to be officially 97 deaths. And this serves as a stark reminder that the magnitude of weight this tragedy has on the world still quakes on to this day.
The statement from Andrew’s family is as follows:
It is with great sadness and a sense of immense loss that we can confirm that Andrew Devine passed away yesterday at the premature age of 55.
Our collective devastation is overwhelming but so too is the realization that we were blessed to have had Andrew with us for 32 years since the Hillsborough tragedy.
We welcome the conclusion of the coroner, Mr Andre Rebello, made today at Liverpool Coroner’s Court, that Andrew was unlawfully killed, making him the 97th fatality of the tragic events that occurred on April 15, 1989.
In the intervening years, Andrew has been a much loved son, brother and uncle. He has been supported by his family and a team of dedicated carers, all of whom devoted themselves to him.
As ever, our thoughts are with all of those affected by Hillsborough. We would ask that our privacy is respected at this sad time.
The members of American Scouser gives our condolences to the Devine Family during this tough time. The Liverpool Fan base stands by you and all affected by the horrific nature of the disaster at Hillsborough.
Justice for the Ninety-seven. You’ll Never Walk Alone.