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May 16, 2018

Second British Ruggerite dies

The second British Rugby player who was touring Sri Lanka and who had been receiving treatment at a private hospital for breathing difficulties had also died yesterday (15).

The deceased ruggerite is 26-year-old Thomas Andrew while another player from the visiting British squad had died of similar circumstances on May 13.  

The 22 member British rugby squad had arrived in Sri Lanka on May 10 and played a friendly match on May 12 at a sports club venue in Colombo followed by the local hosts hosting them to dinner.  

 The British team members had subsequently returned to their hotel and had visited a night club in the Colpetty area later that night.

The group had returned to the hotel in batches and two of the players had later complained of breathing difficulties and on May 13 they were admitted to a private hospital in Colombo.

One of the players who were admitted to the hospital had died on Sunday afternoon (14) while the other player who was being treated in the ICU of the private hospital had reportedly died on May 15 afternoon.

The postmortem examination of the first victim was held yesterday and the coroner issued an open verdict as he found no trace of any injury or illness that could have led to the player’s death.

Body parts of the deceased person had been sent to the government analyst for examination.

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