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"Our anguish is bottomless" - Anthony Foley's family release statement

A statement issued on behalf of his family today thanks the public for their support.

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THE FAMILY OF Anthony Foley have said their “anguish is bottomless” at the death of the Munster legend.

The Munster head coach died before the team’s Champions Cup game against Racing Metro in Paris yesterday. He was 42.

A statement issued on behalf of his family today thanks the public for their support and said the family had lost “an amazing, adoring and loving father and husband”.

The statement in full:

The family of Anthony Foley wishes to extend its deepest appreciation to the endless legions of friends and the wider rugby family here and abroad for the huge outpouring of support and sympathy since Anthony’s tragic and most untimely passing at the weekend.With Anthony’s passing, we have ultimately lost an amazing, adoring and loving father and husband; an equally caring, loyal and devoted son and brother; a central and go-to figure for the wider Foley and Hogan families. Our anguish at the sudden loss of Anthony is bottomless. We have been plunged deep into an incomprehensible darkness and sense of loss that we must work our way through over the coming days, weeks, months and years.

We know, too, that his sudden death has brought the rugby worlds of Shannon RFC, Munster, Ireland and much further afield crashing down. You have lost a former player, coach, friend and all-round inspiration – your and our hero both. We mourn his loss together.

We again wish to thank everyone for their support; it will help carry us through these darkest days.

With regard to media, we thank you also for the sensitive way in which you have paid tribute to Anthony since the weekend but we do ask that our privacy and that of his close friends be respected over this tragic period.

Due to Foley’s death occurring in Paris, funeral arrangements have not yet been made. Books of condolence have opened across the country.

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