Readman had watched up to three sports each day since the start of the Olympics on 27 July and had seen Tom Daley, Rebecca Adlington and Michael Phelps in action. He was at the canoe slalom when Etienne Stott and Tim Baillie won gold for Great Britain. In the days leading up to his death he had filled his Facebook page with hundreds of pictures of himself at various Olympic events. Others showed him posing with BBC presenters.
The chartered accountant lived with, and cared for, his elderly mother, Joan. She said: "Conrad had been looking forward to the Olympics ever since it was announced and there was never a day he was not excited about it."
She told the Colchester Gazette: "He was coming home every night so excited and telling me about everything he had done."
She said Readman had never had a problem with his heart and had not been to a doctor in 15 years.
"He died doing something he loved so I am happy he was where he was, but I can't watch any of it now … I had it on all day, every day but I can't bear it now – it's so sad."
The day before his death, the Tottenham Hotspur fan spoke of his enjoyment of the Games on Twitter.
He wrote: "Love the snap of Wills n Kate celebrating GB gold win – the joy the whole nation feels."