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Former Tyrone Keeper Jonathan Curran Has Died Aged 33

Former Tyrone Keeper Jonathan Curran Has Died Aged 33

Former Tyrone goalkeeper Jonathan Curran has died aged just 33.

"This morning we all received the shocking and devastating news that our friend and former player Johnny Curran passed away suddenly at the age of 33," Curran's club, Coalisland Na Fianna, wrote on Facebook.

"Words cannot describe the hurt and pain we are all feeling for Johnny's family, partner Clodagh and two boys, Neasán and Darsái. Johnny was a great friend both on and off the field."

Jonathan won an All-Ireland minor title with Tyrone in 2004 and a senior title in 2008. He also won the Tyrone SFC with Coalisland in 2010.

RTÉ report that he felt unwell at his home and was then rushed to hospital.

"We're all shocked by it," Tyrone manager Mickey Harte told TG4 before his side's game against Donegal on Sunday.

"It was five years ago, we played a league game in Omagh and we had to call on Johnny to stand in. He did it without a whimper.

"He was on our panel for a number of years. Really energetic, enthusiastic, a lovely lad.

"I'm just so sorry for him and his family. That's what matters most: The Family. They're the people that will have to live with this for the rest of their lives; the rest of us will be shocked today but the shock will pass on and they'll live with the the rest of their lives. We give our prayers and thoughts to them."

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