Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Two young rugby players from Durham die after visiting Sri Lankan nightclub

Two young rugby players from Durham die after visiting Sri Lankan nightclub

Mr Howard, from Durham, died after being admitted to hospital on Sunday.

The second British rugby player who was hospitalized after developing breathing problems following a night out in Colombo has died.

A 22-strong party from the club arrived in Sri Lanka last Thursday and played a friendly against a local team two days later.

Today, Durham City Rugby Football Club confirmed "with great sadness" that Mr Baty had also passed away.

Thomas Baty and Thomas Howard of Durham, England, were both admitted to hospital in Colombo on Sunday May 13, complaining of breathing difficulties.

They were staying at a hotel in the capital Colombo after playing a match on Saturday, he told the paper.

"We ask the media to respect the privacy of the families at this very hard time".

This follows the death of teammate Thomas Howard, 25, who lost his life on Monday. The following morning two players fell ill and were taken to hospital, police said.

The players, both from Durham, were on tour with one of the club's teams called the Clems Pirates.

Police said an autopsy on Howard revealed that he did not die due to any external injuries or any illness.

"The spokesman added that a judicial medical officer had given an open verdict" on the deaths and further forensic tests are being carried out".

Several players had gone to the nightclub after playing their tour-opener.

The Foreign Office is also in contact with officials from their rugby team, it said. It added: 'The work in Galle will continue the global charity work began by Clems Pirates in South Africa in 2004'.

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