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Saturday, 20 September 2014

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Second death rocks rugby community

A SECOND death has rocked the local amateur rugby league scene with the tragic loss of Kells star Luke King.

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Luke King: His sudden death has shocked friends

The 23-year-old was found dead at his home in Hensingham on Friday afternoon and since then tributes have been pouring in.

Kells coach, Peter Smith, said everyone at the club was ‘devastated’ and said all their thoughts were with Luke’s family.

They held a minute’s silence ahead of their clash with Bradford Dudley Hill on Saturday and they also retired their number nine shirt in his honour.

“Everybody is devastated regarding the sad loss of Luke at such an early part of his life,” said Smith.

“He was well liked by all the lads and they were in bits when the news broke on Friday. The dressing room was very quiet ahead of the game on Saturday, everyone was just in shock.

“We retired the number nine shirt as a mark of respect to him. He lived at Hensingham but he has always played his rugby for Kells and he will be a big miss.”

Luke, who worked as a postman, had played for Kells since he was a youngster, and was a regular member of the Cumberland League team, playing at hooker.

He came through the club’s junior ranks alongside the likes of Greg McNally, who is now at Championship outfit Leigh Centurions.

McNally dedicated the try he scored in Leigh’s victory over Sheffield on Sunday, to his former team-mate, pointing up to the sky.

He tweeted after the game: “This one was for you today Podge. Love you pal. ThePeoplesPostman. RIP.”

Other local clubs and from the National Conference League, also paid their respects on social media sites.

A police spokesman confirmed they were called to Lincoln Road on May 23 in relation to a sudden death but that there were no suspicious circumstances.

The minute’s silence at Kells was also in memory of Eric Wear and Keith Henderson, who were heavily involved with the club.

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Such a shame a lovely cheeky chapie, always smiling and polite young man , thoughts are with his family and friends at this very sad time r.i.p luke

Posted by liz pratt on 29 May 2014 at 15:50

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