RIP Hilton Bennett

It is with much sadness and a very heavy heart that I must tell you that our very dear friend Hilton passed away at approximately 6pm this evening.

He had been in an induced coma since suffering a severe heart attack on Wednesday afternoon. His life support was switched off at around 2pm today. 

It is a huge loss to everyone that knew and loved Hilton. His camaraderie and friendship has had a massive impact in my life as it has in many others.

Our thoughts and love go out to Robin and her family at this time.

I am sure that I have missed many of Hilton's friends in sending this out so rely on you to pass on this very sad news to those folks that I haven't contacted here.

In sadness
Paul Spiller

RIP Hilton who was just 67, one of the kindest persons in the chess community... and a dear friend.

He was the Head of Delegation for the New Zealand team at the Baku Olympiad 2016 where I was their women's team captain, and we also worked together on the NZ FIDE Trainer Seminar this year, and last I saw him was at lunch with him and Paul before the start of this year's Malaysian Open.