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The man who was hailed a hero for trying to save murdered MP Jo Cox has died, his family has said.

Bernard Kenny, 79, was given the George Medal for his valiant efforts to protect Ms Cox as she was attacked by right-wing extremist Thomas Mair.

Mr Kenny, a former miner and grandfather, sustained serious injuries after he was stabbed in the stomach with a ten inch blade trying to shield the Labour MP for Batley and Spen as she left her constituency surgery in June, 2016.

He ran from his car in a frantic effort to save the MP after he saw her collapse and was hit by the blade which pierced his liver, narrowly missing hs heart and other major organs.
His son, Phil Kenny, said his father had been suffering with cancer and passed away with his wife, Doreen, by his side.

He told the Huddersfield Examiner: “He went very peacefully and he was not suffering. He wanted to die at home and he did so.”

He added that the bravery his father showed in trying to protect Ms Cox was typical of the former miner..

Mr Kenny was honoured with the George Medal on the first anniversary of Ms Cox’s death – but had not received it by the time he passed away.

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