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Saturday 3 December 2016

Young man dies during Phoenix Park run

John McHugh who died of a suspected heart attack during the Dublin half marathon on Saturday
John McHugh who died of a suspected heart attack during the Dublin half marathon on Saturday

A young runner who died of a suspected heart attack during the Dublin half-marathon on Saturday would have celebrated his 24th birthday yesterday.

John McHugh suffered a "cardiac event" and collapsed near the finishing line during the SSE Airtricity run in the Phoenix Park.

A number of participants rushed to his aid and began performing CPR before a St John's Ambulance team arrived.

Hundreds of runners witnessed the incident. Mr McHugh was taken to Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown but was pronounced dead a short time later.

He was school vice-captain during his final year in Belvedere College in Dublin, which he left in 2010.

The College Union paid special tribute to the former pupil, saying he was someone who was held in high regard by his peers.

A statement said the college had learned of his death with "great sadness".

"Due to turn 24 today, John has been taken from us all too quick, but those of us lucky enough to know him can consider ourselves truly privileged.

"John embodied all the qualities of a true man for others.

"A talented sportsman, artist and designer, John will be remembered for many things. He will be remembered most, however, as a friend."

The organisers of the race expressed their condolences to Mr McHugh's family and friends.

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