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Published: 14:18 | 17/10/16

Foley family grateful for support

The family of Anthony Foley have spoken of their 'bottomless anguish' following his sudden death at the age of 42.

The Munster head coach passed away in Paris ahead of his side's Champions Cup clash with Racing 92 on Sunday.

Tributes have poured in for the former Ireland international with his death sending shockwaves through the world of rugby and his family have thanked people for the outpouring of support in the wake of his passing.

"The family of Anthony Foley wishes to extend its deepest appreciation to the endless legions of friends and the wider rugby family here and abroad for the huge outpouring of support and sympathy since Anthony’s tragic and most untimely passing at the weekend," the statement read.

“With Anthony’s passing, we have ultimately lost an amazing, adoring and loving father and husband; an equally caring, loyal and devoted son and brother; a central and go-to figure for the wider Foley and Hogan families. Our anguish at the sudden loss of Anthony is bottomless. We have been plunged deep into an incomprehensible darkness and sense of loss that we must work our way through over the coming days, weeks, months and years.

“We know, too, that his sudden death has brought the rugby worlds of Shannon RFC, Munster, Ireland and much further afield crashing down. You have lost a former player, coach, friend and all-round inspiration – your and our hero both. We mourn his loss together.

“We again wish to thank everyone for their support; it will help carry us through these darkest days.

“With regard to media, we thank you also for the sensitive way in which you have paid tribute to Anthony since the weekend but we do ask that our privacy and that of his close friends be respected over this tragic period.”

Foley is survived by his wife, Olive and his two sons, Tony and Dan.

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