Tributes have been pouring in for Munster Rugby head coach Anthony Foley, who passed away “suddenly” in Paris.
The former Munster Captain died at the age of 42. The tragic news was announced by the IRFU.
“It is with deep regret that the Irish Rugby Football Union and Munster Rugby must advise of the passing overnight of Munster Rugby head coach Anthony Foley at the team hotel in Paris.
“Munster Rugby management are liasing directly with Anthony’s family and will provide them with any assistance and support required.
“The IRFU and Munster Rugby pass on our deepest sympathies to all Anthony’s family and friends and ask for privacy for the family at this sad time,” the statement read.
Today’s clash with Racing 92 has now been rescheduled due to his untimely death.
Anthony left behind a wife and three children.
People have been sharing tributes online since the news was announced, including sports stars including Ronan O’Gara, Ben Foden and Paul McGrath.
Alone on the couch with Jess.Heartbroken.We have lost an incredible man. Too sad to tweet further.. sleep well Axel. We love you..xxx
— Ronan O Gara (@RonanOGara10) October 16, 2016
— Paul McGrath (@Paulmcgrath5) October 16, 2016
— Ben Foden (@ben_foden) October 16, 2016
It is with great sadness that we bid farewell to our coach, former captain, colleague and friend today, rest in peace Anthony Foley.
— Munster Rugby (@Munsterrugby) October 16, 2016
Our sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Anthony Foley who passed away last night at the age of 42. pic.twitter.com/WB3G4QlboC
— EatSleepRugby (@eatsleeprugby) October 16, 2016
Can’t physically believe that Anthony Foley is dead, a real legend on and off the pitch :'( 2016 has just been the absolute worst.
— Ronan Mullen (@RonanReigns) October 16, 2016
Anthony Foley has passed away. RIP. Horrible, horrible news. A rugby legend. Utter shock in Paris.
— Murray Kinsella (@Murray_Kinsella) October 16, 2016
Shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Anthony Foley. My heartfelt condolences to his wife, family & friends
— Jean-Marié Stander (@JMNeethling) October 16, 2016
Very sad and shocked to hear of the passing of Anthony Foley. A true legend. RIPhttps://t.co/9xfgYfF4cE
— Ronan McManus (@ronanmcmanus) October 16, 2016
Absolutely terrible and tragic news about Anthony Foley. Such a sad sad thing. A man taken far to early. #RestinPeace
— Colum Roche (@roche648) October 16, 2016