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Updated: May 28, 2011 15:16 IST

Diving champion Tom Daley's father dies at age 40

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England's Tom Daley dives to win the gold medal in the men's 10m platform diving final during the Commonwealth Games at the Dr. S.P. Mukherjee Aquatics Centre in New Delhi. Photo: AP.
England's Tom Daley dives to win the gold medal in the men's 10m platform diving final during the Commonwealth Games at the Dr. S.P. Mukherjee Aquatics Centre in New Delhi. Photo: AP.

Robert Daley, father of British diving champion Tom Daley, has died of brain cancer at age 40.

Robert Daley, who became a familiar figure poolside supporting his son, died “peacefully” late Friday night with Tom by his side, a statement from British Swimming says.

Tom, who became the youngest diver at age 15 to win a world title in men’s platform in 2010, tweeted on Saturday- “If I could be half the dad that my dad was to me then that would be my best achievement! I love you! Xx”.

His father was first diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2006.

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