A beloved teacher was trampled to death by a stampede of cows while walking his dog in rural England.
David Clark, of the Richmond School, died of injuries in a field near North Yorkshire, where the animals stormed him Monday night, according to The Independent.
Educators and students were baffled by the freak accident and left heartbroken by his untimely death.
“He was an enormous character, a brilliant school leader and simply a lovely man who enriched the life of everyone he came into contact with, just by being himself and doing what he did every day,” fellow teacher Jenna Potter said in a statement.
She called Clark the “heart and soul” of the school, saying, “Our thoughts are with Dave’s wife, his children and wider family at this difficult time.”
North Yorkshire Police were called to the farm after reports that a man in his 50s had been injured by a herd of bovine, according to the outlet. Little else was known about the accident.
Clark began working at the school in 1997 and was promoted to deputy head in 2003. He was also an avid cyclist.
“It is with immense sadness that we learned today that one of the club’s most respected and long-standing members, David Clark passed away due to a tragic accident,” his local cycling group said in a statement.