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Canadian rugby player dies in Adirondack tournament

July 29, 2016

SARANAC LAKE, N.Y. (AP) — A Canadian rugby player has collapsed and died of an apparent heart attack at a tournament in the Adirondack Mountains.

Officials tell the Adirondack Daily Enterprise (http://bit.ly/2an4VYC ) that Gerhard Veit collapsed late Friday morning during a match at the 43rd annual Can-Am Rugby Tournament in Saranac Lake.

A group of players gave him CPR until paramedics arrived with a defibrillator and tried to revive Veit before he was taken by ambulance to Adirondack Medical Center. He was pronounced dead in the hospital’s emergency room, according to Franklin County Coroner Ron Keough.

Veit, who was in his 50s, was a member of a team from Ottawa. Teammate Pat Byrne said Veit had just walked off the field complaining that his teammates weren’t playing hard enough and then dropped to the ground.

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This story has been corrected to change the spelling of player’s name to Gerhard Veit, not Gerhart Vidt.

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