Golfing star Melissa Reid left devastated by death of mother in German crash
THE mother of international golfer Melissa Reid has died following a car crash in Germany, where she was following the Derbyshire star.
Joy Reid, 62, was fatally injured in a head-on collision in Dachau, near Munich, as she travelled back to a hotel with husband Brian, who survived.
The couple, of Idridgehay, were in the country supporting their daughter at the UniCredit Ladies' Open, part of the Ladies' European Tour.
Melissa – one of England's top female golfers – pulled out of the tournament after receiving the devastating news.
Her manager, Vicky Cumming, said the 24-year-old star was in a "state of shock" and that she and her family were asking for privacy.
The crash happened late on Tuesday night.
Ms Cumming said: "It was pretty much a head-on crash involving two vehicles.
"Brian suffered broken ribs and Joy was taken to a hospital in Munich.
"Sadly, she died early on Wednesday afternoon from internal injuries."
Ms Cumming said Mr and Mrs Reid regularly followed their daughter around the world and were well-known by other players on the tour.
She said: "All the players had seen Joy the night before the accident.
"Her death has come as a massive shock.
"Everyone knew Joy and loved her. She was a genuinely lovely person."
As news of the tragedy spread, scores of tributes were left on Facebook, including from Melissa.
She wrote: "I hate writing this on Facebook but I know how much you love it mum ;). You're the most beautiful person I've ever met. Life is not measured by its duration but donation. Love you always xxxxxxxxxxxxxx."
Melissa's sister, Joanne Alsbury, wrote: "Can't sleep. Friends are putting such nice things are here and I'm personally finding it comforting in a strange way.
"Mum was and will always be the centre and heartbeat of our family.
"She was my rock, and the amount she was loved and will be missed can't be put into words. Love you always Mum. Xxx."
Friend Lizzie McCabe posted: "I'm speechless...we have lost one v v v v special lady."
The UniCredit Ladies' Open got under way yesterday despite the tragedy.
Players wore black armbands as a mark of respect.
Melissa is attached to Chevin Golf Club in Duffield. Captain Willie Bird said everyone at the club was in shock.
He said: "We all knew Joy really well. It was only a couple of days ago she was dancing here all night at one of our social events.
"She was the life and soul of the party and one of the nicest people you could wish to meet. She would do anything for anyone at any time.
"Not only was she a fantastic mother, she was a fantastic friend.
"What has happened is absolutely tragic. A lot of people are absolutely devastated.
"The club is a very sombre place right now."
The highlight of Melissa's golfing career came last year when she was part of Europe's Solheim Cup team that triumphed over America.