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Irish rugby legend Anthony Foley died following an acute pulmonary oedema 19/10/2016 Galen English

Munster and Ireland rugby great Anthony Foley died following an acute pulmonary oedema caused by a heart rhythm disorder.

The cause of death was released by the French coroner according to The Irish Times.

The condition causes excess fluid to collect in air sacs (alveoli) in the lungs, resulting in breathing difficulties.

Foley died following an acute pulmonary oedema caused by a heart rhythm disorder

The paper also reported that a burial permit has been issued by the French authorities, which was due to be delivered to the Irish Embassy in Paris last night.

Toxicological results are expected over the coming weeks.

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The Munster and Ireland rugby legend was found dead in his hotel room in Paris on Sunday.

The 42-year-old will be laid to rest in a private ceremony on Friday.

His remains will be flown from France to Shannon Airport today, from where they will be brought to his family home in Killaloe, Co Clare.

The 42-year-old’s funeral will take place on Friday in Killaloe

Members of the public can pay their final respects on Thursday at St. Flannan’s Church, Killaloe from 1p.m. to 8:30p.m.

The house afterwards will be private and the funeral mass on Friday will be reserved for family and friends only.

Burial afterwards will be at Relig Núa CemetFaery, Killaloe. 

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