English rugby player Danny Jones of the Keighley Cougars died Sunday from a heart attack he suffered during a game against the London Skolars, several news outlets reported. The 29-year-old athlete collapsed on the sideline early in the match and was treated by medical personnel on the scene before being flown by air ambulance to the Royal Free Hospital in London. The game, held at the New River Stadium, was halted at halftime with Keighley leading 12 to 6, the Guardian reported.
— Daily Star (@Daily_Star) May 3, 2015
Jones was pronounced dead at the hospital, which confirmed his death via a statement on its website. "It is always devastating when someone so young dies in these circumstances," Rugby Football League Chief Operating Officer Ralph Rimmer said in a statement, according to the BBC. "Danny was a popular and talented player, having played at the highest level with Wales and over 12 seasons for Keighley Cougars and Halifax."
Some of Jones’ teammates and fellow rugby players took to Twitter Sunday to express their grief as well as their condolences for Jones’ family. Jones was the father of five-month-old twins.
Rip Danny Jones thought go out to your fam and the rugby family is behind you # YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN YOUR TIMES UP SAD TIMES
— RYAN BAILEY (@RBTESTIMON16L) May 3, 2015
Rest in peace Danny Jones! Great bloke and privilege to have been friends and played with, thoughts and prayers are with the family
— rhys evans (@rhysevans23) May 3, 2015
My thoughts & prayers got out to the family & friends of Danny Jones, puts life & the game totally in perspective #rugbyleaguefamily
— Richard Mathers (@RichardMathers) May 3, 2015
Devastating news regarding Danny Jones.. Thoughts are with his family and friends. RIP mate
— Shaun Lunt (@Shaun_Lunt) May 3, 2015
— Keighley Cougars (@Cougarmania) May 3, 2015
Jones had played for the Keighley Cougars since 2010. In a statement, the Cougars asked that the privacy of the family, including Jones’ wife, be respected as they “deal with the passing of Danny in private at this difficult time.”