Munster rugby coach Anthony Foley has died suddenly in his hotel room in Paris, his club announced Sunday afternoon.
Limerick-Born Foley, 42, was due to lead his team against Racing 92 today, a match his club has since postponed as a “mark of respect to Anthony”.
Munster made the announcement on Twitter shortly before 2pm, writing: “It is with great sadness that we bid farewell to our coach, former captain, colleague and friend today, rest in peace Anthony Foley.”
Foley, who earned 62 caps playing for Ireland, was also the Heineken Cup’s most prolific forward ever with 23 tries.
The Irish Rugby Football Union also released a statement paying tribute to Foley.
The statement said: “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 liaising 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 of Anthony’s family and friends and ask for privacy for the family at this sad time.
“As a mark of respect to Anthony and his family and and to support players, management and staff, Muster Rugby have requested that today’s match against Racing 92 be rescheduled.
“Munster Rugby thank Racing 92, EPCR, broadcasters and partners, and the many fans who travelled to Paris for their understanding and support at this time.”
Rugby fans were quick to pay their respects to Foley.