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Second British rugby player dies after falling ill during Sri Lanka tour

Second British rugby player dies after falling ill during Sri Lanka tour

A police spokesman told the BBC: "Both men had returned from a nightclub and had complained of breathing difficulties, and they were admitted to the hospital, one died and another is in very critical condition".

A statement on the Durham City Rugby Club website said: "It is with great sadness that the Club can now confirm that Tom Baty, 26, from Durham City has died this afternoon following his admission to hospital on Sunday, May 13".

The team arrived in Sri Lanka on Wednesday and began the tour with a game against Ceylonese Rugby and Football Club (CR & FC) in Colombo.

A 26-year-old man, thought to be from Durham, is reported to have died while a 27-year-old man is said to be "critically ill" and is being treated in hospital.

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

They had been touring the country with Durham-based Clems Pirates RFC.

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Durham RFC has asked the privacy of the players' families be "respected and upheld at this hard time".

Durham City Rugby Club, which oversees the team, said in a statement the pair suffered "non-rugby related breathing problems".

Mr Howard's post-mortem examination did not reveal any existing injury or illness that might have caused his death.

After the match, the team went out for a meal before they visited a nightclub in the Kollupitiya area of the city.

A spokesperson from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said: "Our staff are supporting the family of a British man following his death in Sri Lanka, and are in contact with the Sri Lankan hospital services".

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