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Results of rugby legend Anthony Foley's autopsy have been revealed

Anthony Foley
Anthony Foley

Anthony Foley died as a result of acute pulmonary edema caused by heart disease, a French coroner’s report has found.

The prosecutor of Nanterre, who carried out the investigation to determine the cause of Mr Foley’s death, said that a problem with cardiac arrhythmia led to an acute edema of the lungs. The report stated that Foley (42) "had a heart rhythm disorder that caused an acute pulmonary edema".

The prosecutor is understood to have issued a burial permit following the conclusion of the autopsy, which was announced on Monday.

Other tests, such as toxicology reports, are still underway. Those results are expected to be known in the coming weeks.

Mr Foley’s remains are set to be flown home to Shannon Airport on Wednesday, when they will be brought to his family home (private) in Killaloe, Co. Clare.

His funeral will take place at 12pm on Friday at St Flannan’s Church, and is reserved for family and friends only.