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Panache founder dies from his injuries following attack

Anthony Power, the founder of lingerie brand Panache, has died from his injuries three weeks after he was attacked in a Sheffield park.

Power, 78, who set up the underwear brand in 1982, was attacked in High Hazels park in Sheffield on October 8.

As a result of the attack Power sustained a fractured skull and bleeding on the brain and was treated at Sheffield’s Royal Hallamshire hospital.

Police confirmed yesterday (October 29) that Power had died from his injuries over the weekend.

Power founded Panache after identifying a gap in the market for lingerie aimed at curvier women.

Today the brand has grown to an international company with an annual turnover of around £23m and supplies underwear to the likes of Bravissimo, Figleaves and John Lewis.

The Sheffield-based company also has offices in New York, Germany and Hong Kong and employs around 170 people.

At the time of Power’s attack, a statement from Panache said: “Mr Power is a self-made man who founded international brand Panache over 30 years ago and which now employs over 120 people locally.

“As a close, family run company, this incident has come as a big shock to the business and our thoughts and prayers are with the Power family at this difficult and private time.”

Reports suggest that the attack may have been an attempt to steal his £180,000 Bentley Continental.

A local man has been charged with attempted murder and robbery in connection with the incident.

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