THE proud wife of tragic snooker star Paul Hunter has spoken out for the first time about the loss of her husband.
Lindsey Hunter, of Batley, said: "I would very much like to express my heartfelt thanks to all our family, friends, Paul's fellow professionals, fans, and the media for their incredible support since we lost Paul.
"It is an enormous source of comfort to me, and further evidence too that Paul was a very, very special person indeed.
"He was also the absolute love of my life, a totally devoted father to our beautiful daughter Evie, and he will always mean everything to us.
"I hope you will understand that I do not wish to say any more until after his funeral has taken place, and I kindly request you allow us to grieve in peace and privacy."
Paul's funeral service will be held at Leeds Parish Church on October 19 at 2pm.
A book of condolence will be available for all visitors to sign and pay their personal respects.
Mrs Hunter said: "The immediate family would prefer to provide the flowers for the church service, but anyone wishing to make a donation to Paul's chosen charities can send cheques made payable to The NET Patient Foundation, or Kirkwood Hospice."