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Anthony Foley autopsy results: Munster and Ireland great died of fluid build-up in lungs

By Jane O'Flaherty

Published 18/10/2016

Munster head coach Anthony Foley's death has rocked the rugby world
Munster head coach Anthony Foley's death has rocked the rugby world
Anthony Foley with his wife Olive

Anthony Foley died after a heart condition caused fluid to build up in his lungs, a French coroner’s report has found.

The prosecutor of Nanterre, who carried out the investigation to determine the cause of Mr Foley’s death, said that a problem with cardiac arrhythmia led to an acute edema of the lungs.

The report stated that Foley (42) "had a heart rhythm disorder that caused an acute pulmonary edema".

The prosecutor is understood to have issued a burial permit following the conclusion of the autopsy, which was announced on Monday.

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

Mr Foley’s remains are set to be flown home to Shannon Airport on Wednesday, when they will be brought to his family home (private) in Killaloe, Co. Clare.

His funeral will take place at 12pm on Friday at St Flannan’s Church, and is reserved for family and friends only.

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