Family expresses gratitude after Fremantle food van operator Ben French dies in hospital

Fremantle man Ben French died in hospital this morning.
Fremantle man Ben French died in hospital this morning.

UPDATE: The family of Fremantle food van operator Ben French has issued a statement thanking the community for its support.

Mr French died just after 3am this morning at Royal Perth Hospital.

The 36-year-old suffered severe injuries after a scooter crash in Thailand on March 28.

His injuries included severe brain trauma, a broken spine, punctured lungs, broken ribs and broken bones throughout his body – as well as severe damage to his skull.

A Go Fund Me page that was launched to cover the cost of his medical bills helped fund a medically-assisted flight back to Perth after the crash on Koh Samui.

The family said in a statement through the hospital that without the “generous financial support” they would not have been able to bring Ben home.

“We cannot find the words to thank people enough for the support they have given Ben and our families during this difficult time,” the statement said.

“We also thank the people who have supported us emotionally through this time, through kind words and by expressing their love for Ben.

“Particularly, we want to acknowledge the people of Fremantle – Ben loved his local Freo community and had become a very popular Freo identity because he loved the community so much.

“Ben was a very well loved and liked person, and we wish he could have seen how much people have rallied behind him.

“People both in Thailand and at Royal Perth Hospital have been wonderful and supportive in their treatment of Ben and in their support for our family since this terrible accident. They have gone above and beyond – and we thank you.

“We want to particularly thank the Medical Air medivac team with Shane, Bernie and Bruce, and the two pilots, who brought Ben home to our families.

“Many, many people have been wonderful in recent times, and we thank you.”

Mr French was the co-owner of catering company Eat No Evil.

The Go Fund Me page raised $93,745 at last count.