Final farewell to much-loved father and friend to many

Karl Smith, 25, of Broughton Avenue.
Karl Smith, 25, of Broughton Avenue.

secondary tests to determine the cause of a Doncaster man’s death revealed that he died from natural causes.

A murder probe had been launched after Karl Smith, 25, died following an altercation at a Bentley pub but South Yorkshire Police say his death is no longer being treated as murder.

More than 400 of Mr Smith’s friends and family attended a touching funeral service at St Peter’s Church in Bentley on Friday.

They had been forced to wait more than three months before the funeral could be held while experts carried out forensic tests.

A police spokesman said: “An 18-year-old man from Bentley has been charged with a section 47 assault, actual bodily harm, and will appear at Doncaster Magistrates’ Court on December 18.”

He added: “The second post-mortem identified that Karl Smith died of natural causes.”

Mr Smith, of Broughton Avenue, was found collapsed at his home on August 26 after what is believed to have been a fight earlier in the evening at The Drum in Watch House Lane.

A post-mortem was conducted in the days following Mr Smith’s death but the results proved inconclusive.

The results of the secondary forensic tests were only released this week.

Close friend of Mr Smith, Lee Ingber, of Stonehill Rise in Scawthorpe, said that it was great to see so many friends attend the service to pay their respects.

He said: “There were hundreds of people at the church. It was really good.

“Some of them had to stand outside as so many people came.”

at the time of his death, many shocked friends and Bentley residents paid tribute to the dad-of-one, who left behind his partner Andrena and daughter Nakiah.

Flowers and cards were left outside Mr Smith’s home as well outside The Drum, which is just a few 100 yards down the road.

Julie Smith, of York Road, whose son Joe went to Kirkby Avenue Primary School with Mr Smith, said: “I knew him from when he was a little boy and he was an absolutely lovely kid.

“I was shocked when I heard and my thoughts go out to his family and his little girl.”

Tributes were also paid this week via social networking site Twitter with Ash Williams, saying: “Come to pay my respects RIP Karl Smith”.

Richard Crehan said: “RIP Karl Smith. Sad day for all.”

Back in October, more than 100 friends and family met up at Sheffield’s Meadowhall shopping centre and they trekked the gruelling 17 miles to the Frenchgate Centre in Doncaster.

The sponsored walk in Mr Smith’s name raised hundreds of pounds for a fund for his partner and daughter.