Tributes have poured in since popular Cardiff dad Mark Llewellyn died, aged 47

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Heartfelt tributes have been paid to a devoted dad who died after he fell and broke his leg on Father's Day.

Mark Llewellyn, who has been remembered for his commitment to his family and local rugby club, was taken to hospital after he got up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom and fell.

The 47-year-old from Cardiff, who was known as Sharky, had an operation on his leg on June 22, but his health deteriorated over the next five days and he passed away on June 27.

Mark's wife Bernadette, who had been married to him for 17 years, said his death "has left a big void in our lives".

The 57-year-old told Wales Online : "Mark – my husband, friend and confidant, the man who would make me laugh and cry, the gent who would walk over hot coals not just for me, but for our beautiful children Rhys and Evan.

"They are going to miss him so much."

Mark Llewellyn, with his wife Bernadette and their 10-year-old twin sons Rhys and Evan

She added: "We found each other later in life. I loved his sense of humour, the way he made me laugh, his kindness and the love and care he showed me. Nothing was too much trouble for him.

"Eventually getting married and having children took over our lives. He made sure that he provided for us, that we wanted for nothing. We were his life, his purpose."

Bernadette, who met Mark at Llandaff North Rugby Club in November 2001, said he was shielding at home when the Covid-19 pandemic hit last year and their 10-year-old twin sons will cherish the "invaluable time" they spent with him.

She also said the cause of death has not been revealed and the case has been handed to the coroner.

Mark began playing at Llandaff North Rugby Club as a kid and went on to play for the senior team and coach, before he became a committee member and got involved in the management and administration of the club.

A tribute from the club said: " Mark Llewellyn (Sharky) and his family have been cornerstones of Llandaff North Rugby Club for so many years.

"His parents, brothers and sister with Sharky and Bernadette have all served the club with loyalty and commitment and the hole left by his passing will be a constant reminder of what he meant to so many.

"Over the past 15 months we have lost a number of members, either to Covid or other things; we miss them all and look forward to the day we can commemorate each one at the Club.

"What is so poignant with Sharky’s passing is he leaves Bernie and the two boys who will be thought of and supported by the club in Sharky’s memory for years to come."