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    Posted: 10 Jan 2011 at 16:54
X Factor: One Direction's Liam Payne's agony over 'killing' of sister's boyfriend
Dead after single punch to head



X Factor heartthrob Liam Payne has been left devastated after his sister's boyfriend died after a fight with a love rival.

Former soldier Craig Glaze, who was dating the One Direction star's sister Nicola, died after he was punched in the head.

It is alleged that Craig was confronted by his best friend Martin Gannon, an ex-lover of Nicola's who had just discovered Craig was dating her, on New Year's Day.

Craig, 25, died from a single punch to the head, police say.

Martin has been arrested and charged with manslaughter.

Craig and Martin, 24, were best pals and next-door neighbours who had known each other since the age of five and were both close to Liam's family.

Both the men and Nicola, 22, had been to support 17-year-old Liam during his live X Factor performances in November and December.

The killing has left Nicola, Liam and their close-knit family reeling - just when they were making plans for his career, with hugely popular One Direction set to be given a recording contract by Simon Cowell.

A source close to Liam said: "This is a real tragedy and has really upset Liam and his family.

"The pair were both friends of the Payne family and it has left them all devastated that one of them has been killed and the other arrested.

"Liam was friends with both and for one of them to die like this is just heartbreaking. To see another arrested is horrific as well.

"Needless to say Nicola is in pieces. She has lost her boyfriend - and her ex, who she still cared about, has been arrested.

"This year was supposed to be the best of Liam's life when the band made it to super-stardom but this was the worst possible start to the New Year."

Father-of-one Craig was taken to hospital after emergency services were called to his home in Wolverhampton, close to where Liam lives, at 12.45pm on New Year's Day.

He was discovered slumped in the hallway of the house by his father Reginald.

Efforts were made to resuscitate him but he suffered a heart attack and died in hospital last Sunday.

Detectives said a post-mortem revealed Craig, who worked in the building trade after leaving the Army, died from injuries caused by a single blow to the head.

Fitness instructor Martin was arrested and charged on Monday and appeared before Wolverhampton magistrates on Wednesday.

He was bailed on condition he does not contact a list of people, including Nicola, and that he stays away from Wolverhampton except to see his solicitor.

Liam became a pin-up when he appeared on last year's X Factor and was put in the band One Direction with Harry Styles, Zain Malik, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson during the boot camp stage. They finished third behind Matt Cardle and Rebecca Ferguson, but are expected to be signed by Cowell, their mentor on the show. "I am gutted for them," said Cowell after the results were announced. "But I believe this is just the beginning for these boys."

Former music technology student Liam split with his girlfriend Shannon Murphy in the run-up to the X Factor finals. He was linked with Cher Lloyd in the early stages of the competition, but last month he was caught snogging 22-year-old backing dancer Danielle Peazer after dumping Shannon.

Last month, 35 fans were injured when 4,000 screaming fans turned up to watch One Direction perform in Wolverhampton. Liam sent a message saying: "I'm sorry to hear about everyone who was injured. I love you loads and I hope you are OK ."

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Heartbreak for One Direction's Liam Payne after sister's boyfriend is killed in New Year's Eve fight

X Factor boyband member Liam Payne has been suffering family heartbreak after his sister’s boyfriend died following a fight with a close friend.
The One Direction singer, 17, expressed gratitude for fans messages regarding the incident through his Twitter page.

He said: ‘Thanks to everyone for their support at this time, my thoughts and prayers are with the two families involved.’


Devastated: Liam Payne has thanked his fans for their support during this difficult time. His sister's boyfriend died on New Year's Day from a punch to the head

X Factor: Liam Payne, far right, with his One Direction band members pictured with their mentor, Simon Cowell

Craig Glaze, who was in a relationship with Liam’s sister Nicola, died after he received a blow to the head.

It has been alleged by the Mirror newspaper that he suffered the blow following a confrontation with close friend Martin Gannon.


Accused: Martin Gannon

Martin, 24, is set to appear in court in March after being charged with manslaughter on Tuesday.

The 25-year-old victim, who served as a solider with the Army in Iraq died from a single blow to the head a post-mortem revealed.

It is alleged that he was confronted by his best friend, after Martin discovered he was dating Miss Payne.

Martin was reported to an ex-lover of the Liam’s sister Nicola, according to reports by The Mirror.

Craig and Martin lived next door to each other in Wolverhampton and are said to have known each other from the age of five.

Both the men and Nicola, 22, had been to support 17-year-old Liam during his live X Factor performances in November and December.

A source close to Liam told The Mirror: ‘This is a real tragedy and has really upset Liam and his family.

‘The pair were both friends of the Payne family and it has left them all devastated that one of them has been killed and the other arrested.

‘Liam was friends with both and for one of them to die like this is just heartbreaking to see.'

"Needless to say Nicola is in pieces. She has lost her boyfriend - and her ex, who she still cared about, has been arrested.

"This year was supposed to be the best of Liam's life when the band made it to super-stardom but this was the worst possible start to the New Year."

Fitness instructor Martin appeared before Wolverhampton magistrates on Wednesday and was bailed on condition he does not contact a list of people, including Nicola, and that he stays away from Wolverhampton except to see his solicitor.

Liam's Twitter account has been flooded with messages of condolence and the term RIP Craig Glaze was trending second in the UK earlier today.

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