Second British rugby player mysteriously dies in Sri Lanka

Tom Baty who died in hospital in the city of Colombo in Sri Lanka after suffering breathing problems on Sunday.
Tom Baty who died in hospital in the city of Colombo in Sri Lanka after suffering breathing problems on Sunday.

A second player from a British rugby club visiting Sri Lanka has died, two days after being admitted to hospital with breathing difficulties, police said.

Tom Baty, 27, was pronounced dead on Tuesday, the police spokesman’s office said.

Thomas Howard, 25, who died on a tour in Sri Lanka after suffering breathing problems on Sunday.

Thomas Howard, 25, who died on a tour in Sri Lanka after suffering breathing problems on Sunday.

He and teammate Thomas Howard, aged 26, suffered breathing difficulties on Sunday and Howard died shortly after being admitted to hospital.

The 22-strong party from Durham City club visited Sri Lanka last Thursday and played a friendly against a local club two days later.

The following morning two players fell ill and were taken to hospital, police said.

Howard’s post-mortem examination on Tuesday did not show any injury or illness to have caused his death.

The judicial medial officer gave an open verdict and sent body samples for further analysis, police said.

The British embassy said in a short statement it was assisting the players’ families and was in touch with local medical services.