Dad's tragic death after freak backflip accident

A Perth widow is struggling to make sense of a freak holiday accident that claimed her husband's life.

 

Chris Leggett died in an Easter holiday tragedy.

Father of three Chris Leggett died in a freak accident over the Easter holiday. Source: 7 News

The FIFO worker was trying to show a group of children how to do a backflip when he landed awkwardly and broke his neck.

It happened on Good Friday, and on Easter Monday his life support was turned off.

The FIFO worker was showing a group of children how to do a backflip when he landed awkwardly and broke his neck. Source: 7 News

For Chris's wife Rachael, the hardest part has been explaining to their young children that they will never see their father again.

"I think in my heart of hearts I'm still waiting for him to come home," Rachael said.

"People keep saying, 'he's still there with you', but explain that to a three-year-old when he asks when Daddy is coming back from the sky."

Chris's wife Rachael said the hardest part was explaining what had happened to her children. Source: 7 News

At 35, Rachael never expected to be a widow and a single mother.

Her 37-year-old husband broke his neck doing a backflip off a ledge at a Dunsborough park.

Chris was on a family holiday in Dunsborough when the tragic accident happened. Source: 7 News

Friends say he had not been drinking and had done backflips countless times before.

On this occasion, he landed awkwardly on the grass.

Some even heard his neck break.

"I just knew he'd gone," wife Rachael said. Source: 7 News

"I just looked at him and knew he'd gone," Rachael said.

Rachael's message to parents is to make as many memories as possible for their children.

Rachael's message to parents is to make as many memories with you children as you can. Source: 7 News

"We'll never feel better but we'll find a way to live with what's happened and I think we have to for the sake of the kids, to give them as close as possible to the life Chris and I wanted for them," she said.

"He's just left a hole that can't be filled in our lives."

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