Foley’s cause of death revealed

Date published: October 19 2016

LIMERICK, IRELAND - DECEMBER 12:  Anthony Foley, the Munster head coach looks on during the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Munster and Leicester Tigers at Thomond Park on December 12, 2015 in Limerick, Ireland.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

An autopsy has revealed that Munster head coach Anthony Foley’s sudden death was brought on by a heart condition.

A French coroner determined the 42-year-old Foley had a heart rhythm disorder which caused a build-up of fluid in his lungs. Foley’s body was found in his room in Munster’s team hotel before their scheduled game in Paris on Sunday.

The coroner said Foley’s death could be “linked to a heart problem”, while further toxicological tests are ongoing and results are “expected in several weeks”.

Munster confirmed Foley’s body would be flown home on Wednesday, with his funeral to take place in County Clare on Friday.

“Anthony’s family have confirmed that his remains will be flown home to Shannon Airport (on Wednesday), from where they will be brought to his family home in Killaloe, Co Clare,” said a statement on the club’s website.

“They will lie in repose at St Flannan’s Church, Killaloe from 1pm to 8:30pm sharp on Thursday evening. People intending on paying their respects to Anthony are asked to attend early. House afterwards is private.

“Funeral Mass will take place at 12 midday on Friday at St Flannan’s Church, with Church reserved for family and friends only. A special area will be set aside to facilitate media outside the Church, near speakers. Burial afterwards will be at Relig Nua Cemetery, Killaloe. Family flowers only.”

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