Durham man dies on rugby tour in Sri Lanka

Durham man dies on rugby tour in Sri Lanka

In a statement released on Tuesday, the club requested that the privacy of their families would be 'respected and upheld at this hard time'.

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

The 22-strong party from Durham City club visited Sri Lanka last Thursday and played a friendly against a local club two days later.

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

In a statement released on Tuesday, the club requested that the privacy of their families be "respected and upheld at this hard time".

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In a statement, the club said their breathing issues were not rugby-related, and also thanked people for their support. Both players were members of the Durham-based Clem's Pirates rugby team who were due to play a series of matches in the capital throughout May.

According to police in Sri Lanka, some British players went to a nightclub after the match and returned to their hotel in the early hours of Sunday. After returning from the nightclub late Saturday night, the two men told hotel staff they had trouble breathing and were taken to Colombo's Nawaloka Hospital.

He had ruled the death was caused not by a disease or an injury.

The Clem's Pirates said they will continue their charity work in Galle, a city in Sri Lanka's southwest, as a mark of respect to Mr Howard and Mr Baty.

'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'.

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