After falling into the French River, Kelly Meafua a Rugby player has died at 32.

The sports community is grieving the loss a pro-rugby player.

Kelly Meafua, 32, fell into the Tarn river in Southern France during the early hours of May 7 and did not survive, according to a Statement from his team, the French rugby club US Montauban.

Per CNN, Meafua’s tragic passing came just hours after his team’s 48-40 victory over Narbonne. 

According to club statements, one of his teammates tried to save him but was unsuccessful. The teammate was taken to the hospital to treat his hypothermia and was released on Saturday morning in what the team described as good health. 

“The entire USM Sapiac club is shocked by this tragedy, and has a thought for his wife, his children, his teammates, and more generally, all club lovers,” reads the team statement, translated from French. “Kelly was a player very appreciated by all, his joie de vivre was infectious and radiant.”

For the moment, all training has been suspended. 

A spokesman for US Montauban told the outlet are investigating the death. 


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