Second British amateur rugby player dies on Sri Lanka tour

A British rugby player has died after arriving in Sri Lanka the Police media unit said

Meanwhile, the postmortem on the first victim who died on Sunday was conducted by the Colombo Judicial Medical Officer this morning (May 15).

A statement posted on the club's website on Tuesday said: "It is with great sadness that the club can now confirm that Tom Baty, 26, from Durham City has died this afternoon following his admission to hospital on Sunday, 13th May".

'We will also continue to support the Clems Sri Lankan tour party by being in regular contact with senior club officials out in Sri Lanka'.

A second rugby player from Durham has died after being admitted to hospital in Sri Lanka with breathing difficulties.

Durham City Rugby Football Club, which oversees the team, confirmed Mr Howard had died after "suffering breathing problems".

Thomas Howard, 25, and Thomas Baty, 26, were travelling with touring side Clems Pirates, who are based in their home city of Durham.

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After emergency treatment a player has passed away early morning on Monday (14) while the other player is now under treatment in the Intensive Care Unit of the private hospital.

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

The two players complained of breathing difficulties to the hotel management at about 10am on Sunday.

Several players had gone to the nightclub after playing their tour-opener against Ceylonese Rugby and Football Club in Colombo on Saturday.

Durham RFC has asked the privacy of the players' families be "respected and upheld at this hard time".

A Foreign & Commonwealth Office spokesperson told CNN it was "in contact with the Sri Lankan hospital, police and coroner", as well as assisting the families of both men.

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