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The New Zealand rugby community is once again in shock after 22 year-old Waitohi prop Bevan Moody tragically passed away after suffering a heart attack on the pitch.
The 22-year-old Marlborough front-row had been in an induced coma since suffering a heart attack during a match last Saturday. Earlier this morning he passed away, surrounded by family and friends.
Moody was running back to the halfway line for a restart when he collapsed. The team’s management tried to revive Moody and administered CPR. An ambulance was called and he was taken to Nelson hospital where he was placed in an induced coma.
His death was the second in New Zealand club rugby this month after Wellington player Daniel Baldwin died last week.
Moody’s club coach and mentor, Tonga Taumoefolau said Bevan will be remembered as a family man.
“Bevan was an active rugby player with Marlborough Boys’ College First XV, Waitohi and various representative teams, he had unique abilities as a scrummager and had the physique to be a star on the rugby field.
“His team embraced him as a teammate who was hard-working on the playing field; a committed and loyal team player. He just loved playing rugby. Bevan was called ‘Bear’ for his imposing physique, and was a much-loved team mate at every level he played.”