DJ Carey had viral heart infection not panic attack, says dad
HURLING legend DJ Carey nearly died from a heart infection when he collapsed in a Kilkenny Garda Station last week, it was claimed today.
The businessman has been diagnosed with myocarditis, a viral infection of the heart, according to the Sun newspaper.
His father John Carey told the newspaper: “He was struck down with a viral infection of the heart. It was very serious. He is out of hospital now, but he is on medication and he is not in the best of shape. He’s had a tough time of it.”
The 41-year-old spoke briefly to reporters last week as he left St Luke’s Hospital in Kilkenny saying that he felt fine.
His family had said that he was under "pure and utter stress" and collapsed in the garda station while he was collecting a form.
Doctors said he had not suffered a heart attack and it was reported that he had suffered a panic attack.
He has recently separated from his partner Sarah Newman and last year the couple had a €9.5m judgement registered against them by AIB.
His cleaning business went into liquidation last year owing €1.7m.
Another sportsman, former Munster rugby player Alan Quinlan, who has previously battled depression, said last week that he sympathised with the Kilkenny sportsman.
He added: "I suppose DJ has had a lot of pressure in the last few years and there is a lot of pressure still on him.
"He remains a legend of the game and a top-class sportsman."