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Euromillions biggest prize winner dies from illness at age 71

by Ace Damon

Colin Weir, one of the winners of the £ 161 million jackpot (around € 185 million) in 2011, the biggest prize in Euromillions history, died on Friday at age 71 from illness.

Colin and his wife Chris from Largs in northern Ayrshire, Scotland claimed the EuroMillions top prize in the summer of 2011.

"It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Colin Weir today (Friday) early after a short illness. We would ask for privacy for his family and friends at this harrowing moment. No further comments will be made except to offer sincere thanks to the Ayr University Hospital staff for their care and compassion, "said a spokeswoman for Colin's lawyers, quoted by the British newspaper. "The Guardian".

The couple used part of their money to create the Weir Charitable Trust association in 2013 and made a donation to a community football club in Largs, Scotland. They also invested in the football club Partick Thistle, which led to the youth team being renamed the Thistle Weir Academy. A section of Firhill Stadium was also named Colin Weir.

Colin secured a majority share in the club in November and promised to give a 55% stake to a group of supporters by March 2020. A minute of applause was given at the Partick Thistle match this Saturday in honor of Colin. Players also wore black armbands during the game against Greenock Morton.

The Weirs also donated to a Scottish independence campaign before the 2014 referendum and gave money to the Scottish National party after the defeat in the vote.

When the couple earned the money, Colin said, "It sounded like a dream. Everything went into slow motion. But it was a good thing, something we should not be afraid of, but we can enjoy with the children. We live all our lives within our lives." and we are comfortable. We hope this money will bring a whole new life for us and our family. We now have many new opportunities, but we will not hurry. For us it will be a gradual change with choices to be made. "

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