Rugby player dies and team mate hospitalised on international tour in Sri Lanka
A Durham City RFC rugby player has sadly died after suffering from breathing problems while his team was on tour in Sri Lanka.
The man along with a team mate both suffered from non-rugby related breathing problems and were admitted to hospital.
One player subsequently died and his team mate remains in hospital.
Officials from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office are supporting the club and the families of both players and are in contact with Sri Lankan medical services.
A spokeswoman for Durham City RFC said: "Whilst touring Sri Lanka two members of the party suffered non-rugby related breathing problems and were admitted to hospital.
"Subsequently, one of the two has died and one remains in hospital.
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"We ask the media to respect the privacy of the families at this very difficult time.
"A further statement will be issued in due course".
A Foreign & Commonwealth Office spokeswoman 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.
“We are assisting the family of a British man who has been hospitalised in Sri Lanka, and are in contact with the Sri Lankan medical services."