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Sympathy Floods over Anthony Foley’s Death

Travelers Today       By    Jovie Lyn Alejandro

Updated: Oct 18, 2016 08:16 PM EDT

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ASM Clermont Auvergne v Munster Rugby - European Rugby Champions Cup
CLERMONT-FERRAND, FRANCE - DECEMBER 14: Anthony Foley, head coach of Munster looks on during the European Rugby Champions Cup pool one match between ASM Clermont Auvergne and Munster at Stade Marcel Michelin on December 14, 2014 in Clermont-Ferrand, France.
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(Photo: David Rogers / Staff)

Anthony Foley, 42, Irish rugby union player and head coach of Munster, died on October 16 while he was in his sleep at the team's hotel in Suresnes, France.

Soon after the unfortunate event, the European Professional Club Rugby confirmed that the match between Munster's European Champions Cup and Racing 92 has been postponed to offer tribute to Foley.

A statement read, "Due to the tragic passing of Munster Rugby Head Coach and former captain, Anthony Foley in Paris, today's European Rugby Champions Cup Round 1 match between Racing 92 and Munster Rugby will be rescheduled."

Heart-felt messages from the sports enthusiast continue to flood as they mourn for the passing of a great athlete.

Munster Rugby tweeted, "It is with great sadness that we bid farewell to our coach, former captain, colleague and friend today, rest in peace Anthony Foley."

Tom English of BBC Sport's said, "This is hard to comprehend. Incredibly sad. One of Munster's all-time greats."

"Just heard the terrible news of the death of Munster's Anthony Foley - thoughts with his family - very sad indeed," Former England International Brian Moore said.

"Shocked by the tragic news of Anthony Foley. All at World Rugby send our heart-felt condolences and thoughts to family, friends and Munster," World Rugby Chief Executive Brett Gosper stated.

A LIFE WELL-CELEBRATED

He was acknowledged by the EPCR as a Legend of European Rugby. A dedicated member of Munster, he was included in the team that won the 2002-03 Celtic League and was the captain during their 2005-06 Heineken Cup victory. Adding to his laurels, he won 62 caps for Ireland and put his country on the lead three times: in 2001 against Samoa, 2002 against Romania and Georgia, and against Wales in the 2005 Six Nations.

His father Brendan Foley and sister Rosie Foley also played rugby for Ireland.

He leaves his wife Olive and two children.

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