A MAN died moments after thieves attacked his car.
Colin Armitage dashed out of his Fenay Bridge home when the alarm went off on his prestige car late on Saturday night.
But the would-be thieves had gone after smashing a window on the Audi TT.
The 55-year-old collapsed next to the vehicle and died a short time later.
It is thought he may have suffered a heart attack in the tragedy outside his home on Woodsome Hall Lane near to Woodsome Hall Golf Club.
Mr Armitage's partner, who was in the house, told police he had not come into any contact with the people who had attacked the car.
It is believed they had left the scene when he collapsed.
Det Con Steve Shaw, of Huddersfield CID, said: "This is an absolute tragedy.
It just shows the immense stress that can be faced by people who are victims of crime.
"We need people to think long and hard about any suspicious vehicles or people they may have seen in the area from 11pm on Saturday.
"Officers were called to the scene at 11.45pm."
Mr Armitage was not a member of the golf club, but Miss Beverley Taylor who works there knew him well.
She was at the golf club when the incident happened.
"He frightened the thieves off and they drove away really fast," she said.
"He was coming back and he fell down and died. It is a nightmare."
Coroner Roger Whittaker has been informed of Mr Armitage's death.
Contact Det Sgt Derek Hey at Huddersfield CID on 01484 436582 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.