Sunday 22 April 2018

The results of Munster legend Anthony Foley's autopsy have been released

Anthony Foley passed away in France
Anthony Foley passed away in France

Jane O'Faherty

Anthony Foley died from acute pulmonary oedema caused by heart disease, a French coroner’s report has found.

The 42-year-old today begins his final journey home from Paris, where he died at the weekend as the team prepared for a match against Racing 92.

Foley was found dead in his room at a hotel on Sunday after he failed to show up for a scheduled team meeting that morning.

Pulmonary oedema is when excess fluid collects around the lungs, making it difficult to breathe.

The prosecutor’s report added that the former Munster and Ireland captain’s death could have been linked to a “cardiac problem”.

Other tests, such as toxicology reports, are still under way. Those results are expected to be known in the coming weeks.

Foley’s remains are to be flown to Shannon Airport today and will be brought to his family home in Killaloe, Co Clare.

They will lie in repose at St Flannan’s Church, Killaloe, from 1pm to 8.30pm tomorrow.

His funeral will take place at noon this Friday at St Flannan’s Church.

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