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Friday 21 July 2017

'He was kind. He was the greatest kid you'll ever come across' - Brother's tribute to talented rugby player (19) who died after asthma attack

A community has been stunned and saddened at the sudden death of a 19-year-old man on Sunday morning.

Chris Martin, a talented and hugely popular young rugby player, suddenly took ill at his home at Grattan Court, Gorey at around 6 a.m. when he suffered an asthma attack followed by a suspected heart attack.

Despite strenuous efforts by his family to assist him, and a swift response from the nearby Caredoc, an ambulance, and a defibrillator from Gorey Garda Station, he could not be saved.

'He was my right-hand man. We did everything together,' said his older brother Tommy. 'He was the life of the party. He was literally my best friend. He was everything. He was kind. He was the greatest kid you'll ever come across.'

He said that so many people have spoken so highly of him.

Chris loved rugby and, when he went to UCC, he joined the UCC Buccaneers.

Chris was the beloved youngest son of Michael and Bernadette and adored brother of Rachel, Tommy, and Simon. Just last June, he completed his leaving certificate at Gorey Community School and went on to study Earth and Environmental Science at University College Cork.

A gifted athlete, he was described as having embodied the ethos of Gorey Community School when he was a student there.

His funeral mass took place at 11 am at St Michael's Church, Gorey, today.

Wexford People

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