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Book of condolence opens in London for Irish sportsman Anthony Foley as cause of death is revealed

Foley passed away on Sunday, aged 42 [Picture: Inpho]
Foley passed away on Sunday, aged 42 [Picture: Inpho]
MUNSTER legend Anthony Foley died from a heart rhythm disorder caused by an ‘acute pulmonary oedema’, an autopsy has determined.

The former Ireland rugby international was found dead in his hotel in Paris on Sunday after failing to show for a scheduled meeting with his Munster colleagues.

Foley’s remains are being flown to Shannon Airport on Wednesday ahead of his funeral at St Flannan’s Church in Co. Clare on Friday.

The Munster Rugby Supporters Club London Branch have opened a book of condolence at the Irish Embassy in Grosvenor Place, which will remain open to the public from 9.30am to 4.30pm each day until Friday, October 21.

The cause of death, pulmonary oedema, is a build-up of fluid in the lungs and can lead to fatal respiratory distress or cardiac arrest.

The results of further tests, such as toxicology reports, are expected to emerge in the coming weeks.

Foley, who lifted the Heineken Cup in 2006, played over 200 games for Munster and earned 62 caps for Ireland, with whom he won the Triple Crown in 2004.

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Jamie Casey

Jamie Casey is former Sports Editor of The Irish Post. E-mail him at [email protected] or Follow him on Twitter @jamiecasey37

2 comments on “Book of condolence opens in London for Irish sportsman Anthony Foley as cause of death is revealed”

  1. Barry

    RIP Alex

  2. Barry

    The Shannon Rugby Fundraising Lotto draws, which will run on a weekly basis, plays a huge part in the fundraising efforts, and hence the future of our Club.

    We encourage all of our existing and former members and players, parents of Mini and Youth players, all our friends from the local and wider, social, business and sporting community to play the Shannon Rugby fundraising lotto.

    We also hope that we can all work together to promote this lotto and help get back in touch with people associated with Shannon Rugby who may now be living all over the world.


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