Shoreham air crash: Victim wrote 'life is short' just months before disaster

Matt Jones, 24, was killed when the debris struck his car on the A27 on Saturday

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A man killed in the Shoreham air crash wrote on Facebook that “life is so god damn short” - just months before the disaster.

Matt Jones, a personal trainer from Littlehampton, was driving on the A27 road when his BMW was struck by falling debris.

In a Facebook post from April he wrote: “Life is so god damn short, just do what makes you happy!” followed by emoji symbols for cool, sun, money, fast cars and the world.

"Life is short": Matt Jones' comments just months before the tragedy

Writing on Facebook, his sister Becky confirmed he was among the dead and said the family was “devastated”.

She wrote: "We are just in absolute shock still and devastated that this has happened to us. We love Matt more than anything, he was the best son, brother and uncle to my girls, words can't describe what we are all going through. Thank you everyone who has tried to help."

His mother, Hazel Jones, described her son as an "absolute diamond" and said: "Matt was my boy, a lovely boy. He was an absolute diamond."

She said he had just come back from travelling around India and Australia.

The 24-year-old is one of 20 feared dead after a fighter jet performing in the Shoreham Air Show on Saturday spun out of control while performing a stunt.

The pilot, Andy Hill, is in a critical condition in at the Royal Sussex Hospital after he was pulled from the burning wreckage.