A VICAR has been named as the man who died after suffering a cardiac arrest while out jogging.

Reverend David Lewis died suddenly after collapsing in Elmley Road, Ashton-under-Hill, and paramedics sadly could not save him.

Dr John Inge, the Bishop of Worcester, has paid tribute to the 58-year-old, the rector of Elmley Castle with Bricklehampton and The Combertons, and associate priest of Ashton-under-Hill.

A statement from the diocese said Rev Lewis is believed to have died while he was out jogging in the early evening, on Monday night, September 9.

Previously, a West Midlands Ambulance spokesman told us: "On arrival they discovered one patient, a man.

"Unfortunately it quickly became apparent nothing could be done to save him, and he was confirmed dead at the scene."

Dr Inge, said: “David was an outstanding priest who had won the hearts of all those to whom he ministered in the months since he came to this diocese.

"His untimely death is a terrible tragedy and he will be greatly missed.

"Very many people, myself included, had profound affection and respect for him. Our thoughts and prayers are with all who mourn his passing, particularly his mother, his brothers and their families.”

The diocese say information about funeral arrangements will follow once they are known.