Munster head coach Foley died of fluid build-up in lungs

Anthony Foley in action against England in 2005

Anthony Foley earned 62 Ireland caps and captained his country three times

Munster and Ireland rugby legend Anthony Foley died after a heart condition caused fluid to build up in his lungs, a French coroner has said.

The condition, known as acute pulmonary edema, was caused by “a heart rhythm disorder”, an autopsy has revealed.

Foley, 42, died on Saturday night at the hotel in Paris where Munster were staying prior to Sunday’s scheduled game against Racing 92.

His funeral will be held in Killaloe, County Clare, on Friday at 12:00 BST.

Foley’s body will be flown to Shannon Airport on Wednesday before being taken to the family home.

Funeral mass will take place at St Flannan’s Church, with burial afterwards at Relig Nua Cemetery.

The death of the Munster head coach could “be linked to a cardiac problem”, a spokeswoman for the Nanterre public prosecutor said on Tuesday, without giving any further details.

Other toxicological analysis is under way, with results due in the coming weeks.

Pulmonary edema means excess fluid collects in numerous air sacks in the lungs, making it difficult to breathe.

The body of the former Ireland forward was found in his room at 12:40 on Sunday by a member of hotel staff and a player from the Munster team.

The European Champions Cup game was postponed following the former Ireland international’s death.

Foley made 201 appearances in the back row for Munster and won 62 Ireland caps.

The Shannon club-man skippered Munster to their first European Cup triumph in 2006, and also captained his country on three occasions.

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