Derry footballer Aaron Devlin has sadly passed away after losing his battle with meningitis.
Tributes have poured in for in the 23-year-old who fell ill last Friday, he came off the pitch in a challenge match for his club Ballinderry last Wednesday citing low energy levels.
The Ulster University Jordanstown post-graduate was brought to hospital on Friday evening and was immediately put on life-support. Jordanstown GAA released this statement.
It is with a deep sense of sadness that we learn of the death of Aaron. UUJ has lost a player and a friend, a person...
Posted by Jordanstown GAA on Thursday, 30 July 2015
Devlin played inter-county-football for Derry at minor, u21 and senior level, Derry GAA also released a statement following the untimely death.
The Derry GAA community is greatly saddened to learn of the untimely death of Aaron Devlin
It is difficult to comprehend the devastation that the Devlin family and the wider community of Ballinderry must be feeling at this time.
This tragedy will be sorely felt throughout the Derry GAA family, and on behalf of all our players, officials and members, at home and abroad, we wish to extend our heartfelt sympathy to Aaron’s mother Carmel, father Eugene, sister Anna, and brothers Ronan and Coilin.
Further tributes have poured in for Devlin, including from numerous GAA stars as well as Republic of Ireland international James McClean.
Aaron Devlin RIP #GAA http://t.co/U6Gq9ej51Q pic.twitter.com/ZfNftKUjv2
— Derry GAA (@Doiregaa) July 30, 2015
We are sad to inform that Aaron Devlin has sadly passed away, please continue to pray and support Aarons family at this sad time. #RIP#HERO — BallinderryShamrocks (@BallinderryGAC) July 30, 2015
Devastating stuff this, thoughts and prayers with his family at this time https://t.co/IuovGsTVSx — James McClean (@JamesMcC14) July 30, 2015
The final whistle has blown for you @Aaron_Devlin but by God you had some game. Rest in Peace Aaron. — Adrian McGuckin (@bigaidso14) July 30, 2015
Very sad to learn the awful news of the death of Aaron Devlin.My heart & sympathy goes out to the Devlin family,friends & @BallinderryGAC — Martin McGuinness (@M_McGuinness_SF) July 30, 2015
Sincere condolences to Aaron Devlin's family, friends & @BallinderryGAC teammates on his tragic passing. Look after each other. RIP. — Aaron Kernan (@AaronKernan) July 30, 2015
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