Sunday, 26 May, 2019

British rugby player dies after visiting nightclub on Sri Lanka tour

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Ginger Lawrence | 15 May, 2018, 23:26

A spokesperson from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said earlier: "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".

A police statement said: "A 26-year-old player died while undergoing treatment at the hospital on Sunday afternoon, while a 27-year-old player is undergoing treatment".

He and teammate Thomas Howard, aged 26, suffered breathing difficulties on Sunday and Howard died shortly after being admitted to hospital.

Mr Baty, who was in critical condition, passed away today.

A photo issued by Durham City Rugby Football Club of amateur player Tom Baty.

They had played one game on Saturday with CR & FC in Colombo and following the game several members of the team had visited a nightclub in Colpetty.

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

"An autopsy on Howard has revealed that he did not die due to any external injuries or any illness", said police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera.

"The club requests that the Howard and Baty families' right to privacy is respected and upheld at this most hard time".

Howard, 25, died in hospital Sunday, according to a statement from Durham City Rugby and Football Club (DCRFC) and the UK Foreign Office.

She added: "We are assisting the family of a British man who has been hospitalized in Sri Lanka, and are in contact with the Sri Lankan medical services".

British media were giving the story heavy coverage with The Times reporting on Tuesday that "local police said that they were investigating links to "narcotics and liquor".