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Rare gene that killed sports star

A YOUNG basketball coach, who had played internationally at the highest level, died from a severe heart problem caused by a rare gene.

A pathologist urged the brothers and sisters of Stuart Robbins (34) to have DNA tests carried out to discover if they too have the rare gene.

A native of Wales, Stuart was assistant coach to the University of Limerick Basketball team taking part in the annual intervarsity tournament in Galway last April. He had been living at Brierfield in Castletroy.

He had previously played professionally for some of the top clubs across Europe.

An inquest in Galway gave the cause of death to be sudden cardiac arrest due to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.