Young GAA star James Fitzgerald tragically found dead

Updated: October 23, 2012
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Another tragedy has struck the GAA community as 16 year old James Fitzgerald from Charleville GAA club in north Cork died suddenly while training on Saturday.

James was in a private gym attached to a friend’s house when he dropped to the ground suffering an “attack” from which he didn’t recover. James was doing weights with a friend when he fell ill who immediately reacted by calling the paramedics but the teenager could not be revived.

This is not the first tragedy that has struck the Fitzgerald family as James’ brother Michael died in tragic circumstances another years ago while his brother Dessie suffers from paralysis due to a hurling injury.

A post-mortem will be carried out in the next few days while Gardai have described the death as a “tragedy”.

James’ family are said to be in a deep state of shock. Twitter pages were set up to honour the memory of James with hundreds of friends, family members and people from all over the country paying their respects.

Charleville GAA club also paid tribute to James. “The whole county knew him. He was a terrific footballer and hurler and he also played rugby very well.”

Charleville also released this statement on their website. “Charleville GAA club are devastated at the loss of our young player James Fitzgerald, a model player and someone every young player always looked up to with a smile. Even at such a young age you were an idol for all. You will be sadly missed”.

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