'˜Kevin's loss will be keenly felt' - Derry GAA

The board of Derry Gaelic Athletic Association has said that the loss of talented young Slaughtmanus player Kevin King will be 'keenly felt' through the GAA Community.

Friday, 4th November 2016, 2:26 pm
Updated Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 4:23 pm
Kevin King pictured while playing with Slaughtmanus in 2014.

The association issued a statement on Friday following the tragic sudden death of the 22-year-old from Tamnaherin on Thursday night.

Kevin King collapsed just minutes into an indoor soccer match in Campsie.

In a statement issued today, Derry GAA said they were “shocked and saddened to learn of the sudden death of Kevin King”, adding:

“A talented footballer and a former member of our U21 panel, Kevin’s loss will be keenly felt throughout the local GAA community.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Kevin’s family, friends and all at St Mary’s GAA, Slaughtmanus. We wish them all strength at this time.

“Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal.”

A PSNI spokesman meanwhile this afternoon confirmed that a post-mortem is to be carried out.

He said: “Police received the report of the sudden death of a man, aged in his 20s, in the Derry area that had occurred the previous evening.

“The death is not being treated as suspicious at this time. A post mortem examination is due to take place.”

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