The eldest son of Lord and Lady Saye and Sele has died while visiting his family for Easter
THE ELDEST son of Lord and Lady Saye and Sele has died while visiting his family for Easter.Richard Fiennes had suffered from epilepsy for most of his life and died in his sleep after a fit at the family home Broughton Castle on Good Friday. He was 41.He had travelled from the David Lewis Centre for Epilepsy in Cheshire to spend the holiday with his parents and his brother Martin and his family.Mr Fiennes went to bed as usual but suffered a seizure during the night and died. His shocked father raised the alarm and called an ambulance but there was nothing that could be done.Mr Fiennes had suffered from epilepsy since he was a small child. Over the years the number of fits reduced to about one a month in the period leading up to his death.Now his family has decided his brain should be used for research into the causes of the illness.Lord Saye and Sele said: Richard suffered from epilepsy since the age of two and a half. It has been agreed by the family that his brain should be donated for medical research into the causes of epilepsy. It would be good if there was a much greater awareness and greater funding for research into epilepsy. Richard had lived at the David Lewis Centre for the last 12 years where he worked in the horticultural unit. He would often visit his parents at weekends.Lady Saye and Sele said: He was passionate about music and he loved singing. He loved to sing a mixture of Gilbert and Sullivan and Handel. He was a person of great courage and his sense of humour helped to carry him through his difficulties. Mr Fiennes also enjoyed sport and was a keen Leeds United fan.Lord and Lady Saye and Sele s third son, Thomas, died three years after his birth in 1965. The couple have a daughter, Susannah and another son, William.Mr Fiennes funeral is at St Mary s Church, Broughton, at 3.30pm on Saturday.