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The family of a student rugby player who passed away days after signing his first professional contract have described how "desperately heartbreakingly proud of him" they are.

Tom Miller, 25, who studied business administration at Nottingham Trent University, suffered a catastrophic brain injury after falling from a great height in Nottingham and died on April 7th.

The student, who was also the Oddballs Foundation's ambassador for testicular cancer, signed his first professional contract for Nottingham Rugby Club a few days before the freak accident.

His father Duncan Miller described today how his family was "super excited" to see Tom play for the professional club and how his death "struck" him.

Tom Miller (pictured left with his father Duncan), 25, passed away on April 7th after falling from a great height in Nottingham

Father Duncan Miller described how "desperately heartbreakingly proud" he was of his son Tom (picture)

Father Duncan Miller described how "desperately heartbreakingly proud" he was of his son Tom (picture)

Mr Miller said: “He fell from a great height in Nottingham. It was a crazy accident and he suffered a catastrophic brain injury.

“We have reached a very high point and are now at a low point. He had just signed his first professional contract with Nottingham Rugby Club a few days earlier.

“He didn't want to make a big deal of it when we were partying, but it was a big deal for us. It would have been fantastic to see him run for the team, we were super excited, but unfortunately that won't happen now.

He filled out all of his forms and was ready to go. I still hadn't even thanked them for everything. I always thought he'd make it at golf. He hit me for the first time when I was ten! He was just that brilliant outdoorsman.

& # 39; He was gradually stepping forward. It was great for a father and a mother to see him play rugby.

“We only had one son, but he was as great as anyone could ask. We are very proud of him and that hit us. & # 39;

Mr. Miller said his family were "desperately heartbreaking proud" of Tom and the legacy he left was "beyond our expectations".

He continued, “He died on the 7th and his organs were donated the next day. We are very proud and obviously heartbroken that he is gone.

& # 39; He worked extremely hard. He began to reach his absolute prime when he was 25, realizing what he could actually do and the difference he could make, which made it even more heartbreaking.

Tom had studied for his Masters at Nottingham Trent University and was half a fly for his university team

Tom had studied for his Masters at Nottingham Trent University and was half a fly for his university team

The 25-year-old's family described how he was a great son and that his death had left them "heartbroken".

The 25-year-old's family described how he was a great son and that his death had left them "heartbroken".

Tom was also an ambassador for the Oddballs charity

His family set up a JustGiving page after his death to raise money for oddballs on Tom's behalf and have received more than £ 30,000 in donations to date

Tom was also selected as an ambassador for the Oddballs charity, where he helped raise awareness about testicular cancer

“We are all desperately heartbreaking proud of him. We are a close family and we will all miss him so much. The legacy he left is beyond our expectations. His friendship group is just that big and the mark of the man. & # 39;

Tom had been studying for his Masters at Nottingham Trent University, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, his course was delayed by six months.

Mr. Miller said, “At the university, he really enjoyed his time there. His masters have been delayed due to coronavirus. He should actually start six months early.

& # 39; The friendship group has just grown and grown. We'll always have a good time. Great stories are told and it is a brilliant laugh.

Before going to university, he attended the Royal Hospital School in Holbrook. This school had a lot to do with the making of man.

& # 39; He leaves a great legacy. He gave people a special attitude. He wanted to live deeply and suck out the whole marrow of life. & # 39;

The 25-year-old, who played for his rugby team at Fly-Half University, was also selected as an ambassador for the Oddballs charity, where he helped raise awareness about testicular cancer.

Oddballs described his death as "devastating and inconceivably painful" and called him "an incredible young man".

Oddballs described his death as "devastating and inconceivably painful" and called him "an incredible young man".

Mr. Miller added, “I was very proud of all of his charity work. Oddballs selected him as an ambassador and he worked on goals and helped people explain what testicular cancer is.

& # 39; He got stuck in it and really made a difference. It was a shame the coronavirus messed up some plans as schools had to cancel major events they had organized.

& # 39; Seeing the JustGiving page is amazing. I am so proud to have him as a son. It's humble. I've always thought that you could tell someone about the people who show up at their funeral and the legacy they leave behind. Tom's legacy is great. & # 39;

His family set up a JustGiving page after his death to raise money for oddballs on Tom's behalf and have received more than £ 30,000 in donations to date.

Tom's family also revealed that they were able to grant his wish to become an organ donor and help him do that final kindness.

His mother wrote on the page: “The world lost a beautiful, funny, kind and generous soul on December 7th due to a head injury.

“To honor him, we would like to raise funds to continue his work at Oddballs, a charity for which he was an ambassador. The money raised is used to finance another ambassador who supports the foundation.

“Fortunately, as a family, we knew Tom's wishes for organ donation and were able to help him do this last kind of kindness. Please consider talking to loved ones about organ donation. & # 39;

Oddballs described his death as "devastating and inconceivably painful" and called him "an incredible young man".

A Just Giving page where you can raise money for oddballs on Tom's behalf has received more than £ 30,000 in donations to date

A Just Giving page where you can raise money for oddballs on Tom's behalf has received more than £ 30,000 in donations to date

They wrote in honor: “On behalf of OddBalls and The Oddballs Foundation, it is with deep sadness that we inform you that Tom Miller, our Ambassador for Nottingham Trent University, tragically passed away on Monday 7th December.

“We want to send all of our love and support to Tom's family, friends and teammates during this devastating and unimaginably painful time.

& # 39; Tom has been an integral part of our team and a natural leader – he's always been committed to helping and setting standards for others.

& # 39; He was an amazing young man with a kind heart and a great sense of humor. It was truly a privilege to work with him and see him take on the role of ambassador.

& # 39; His interview for the position was one of the funniest we've ever dealt with and will never be forgotten.

“There will never be a Tom again, but we know he will take care of everyone with his big smile and heart.

“His friends and family donated money to help fund the role of ambassador in Tom's memory. Allowed the work Tom had started for years.

& # 39; The number of comments and donations shows how popular and popular he was with so many people around the world. Rest in peace, tom. & # 39;

To donate, visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/tommymiller/

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