Tragic kickboxing teenager collapsed while watching TV
Published 02/06/2010 | 05:00
THE death of a 16-year-old kickboxing instructor who collapsed suddenly while watching TV at home was due to Sudden Adult Death Syndrome, an inquest has heard.
Carl Malone, of Templeroan Drive, Knocklyon, Dublin 16, was sitting on the couch watching TV on the evening of November 13, 2009, when his girlfriend, who was sitting on the ground, felt him fall back.
Shauna Bushe jumped up to find Carl unresponsive on the couch. She immediately alerted the teenager's parents, Sandra and Tony, and an ambulance was called.
Carl, who held a black belt in kickboxing and was described as very healthy and fit, was pronounced dead at Tallaght Hospital just after 11pm -- about an hour after he had collapsed.
Dublin County Coroner's Court heard that Carl, who played the drums and intended studying art at college, met his girlfriend off the bus on the evening of November 13. The couple ordered pizza and watched TV together.
His mother, Sandra Malone, told the inquest she was at home in the sitting room with her husband Tony and son Alex when Shauna came into the room and said she thought something was wrong with Carl.
A post-mortem found Mr Malone had a mildly increased heart size and that his death was best explained by Sudden Adult Death Syndrome.
Coroner Dr Kieran Geraghty said it was terribly tragic and expressed his condolences to the 16-year-old's family and girlfriend. He recorded a verdict of death by natural causes.
Speaking after the inquest, his father Tony said his son, who was an instructor in the family-run kickboxing club, Knocklyon Kickboxing Club, was a "really good kid and was loved by everybody who knew him" and was particularly missed by his brothers, Alex (7) and Shane (20).
"We're all really heartbroken. He managed to touch a huge amount of lives in his short life ... we're finding that every day," Mr Malone said.