A Courtenay man who was critically injured while playing in a softball tournament earlier this month has died.
Chris Godfrey, 32, was playing was playing in a charity tournament at Lewis Park in Courtenay on Aug. 19 when a softball hit him in the back of the head during a play on first base. He was airlifted to Victoria General Hospital and underwent brain surgery. Godfrey had been on life support ever since.
A GoFundMe campaign was started to support Godfrey’s family and so far, more than $33,000 has been raised. On Wednesday, the campaign organizer shared an update informing friends, family and supporters that Godfrey has passed away peacefully that afternoon at the Victoria General Hospital, with his wife by his side.
Godfrey also leaves behind a one-year-old daughter.
“Chris was a devoted father, husband, son, brother and friend to so many and he is going to be greatly missed by all whose path he crossed,” the update said.
“We would once again like to thank each and every one of you for your love and support during this difficult time and we ask that you please respect the privacy of his family and friends to allow us time to grieve.
Godfrey was not wearing a helmet during the tournament on Aug. 19, which is not uncommon in recreational slo-pitch softball leagues.
Following the incident, helmets are now mandatory for players of all ages in the Comox Valley Slopitch League. Other Vancouver Island leagues are looking at adopting a mandatory helmet rule.