A young man who loved competing in rugby has passed away suddenly after collapsing on the field.
27-year-old Arturas Rudys was an aspiring English rugby player who suffered a cardiac arrest while playing for Wisbech against Diss in the Eastern Counties First Division game on Saturday.
According to the reports, the young athlete could not be resuscitated despite the paramedics’ quick actions. Following the incident, the rest of the match was canceled.
Since the tragic news, Arturas’ heartbroken girlfriend spoke out and revealed that she and the rugby player share a 2-year-old son named Emilijus.
“My name is Jolita, I’m the girlfriend of Arturas Rudys. We have been together 4 years, also we have a little child – Emilijus. He is only 2-years old. My partner just passed away on the rugby competition in Wisbech. It’s been very quickly and like in a dream,” she wrote on her GoFundMe page as she asked for financial help.
“It’s very very hard time for us right now.. I can’t give up, I have to live and show the right path to our child. I have never asked for money yet, but I want to reach out to you and ask for help… Thank you all!”
Paying a touching tribute to the young father-of-one was also Wisbech Rugby Club which in a statement wrote:
“It is with great sadness the Club announces the death of Arturas Rudys during a match played on Saturday 14th October. Arturas, aged 27, was a hugely valued and respected member of our Club who began his time at Wisbech RFC in 2013. Wisbech RFC thanks everyone who helped Arturas in his immediate moments of need yesterday including, club first aiders, teammates, and Diss RFC. The Club also wishes to thank the emergency services and first responders who attended the scene.
“As a club we are in touch with Arturas’ family to offer our heartfelt sympathies and support. In whatever you are doing today, please pause for a moment to think of Arturas, his family, loved ones and friends, both in the UK and in his native Lithuania.”
The statement continued: “The numerous messages of support we have received from the rugby family, the local community and beyond are greatly appreciated. We know this is a very difficult time for the player’s family, friends, teammates, and the wider club community, but all can be assured of our full support. As a mark of respect, Wisbech RFC has canceled all rugby activities in the coming days.”
Our thoughts remain with Arturas’ loved ones during this challenging time.