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Former Exeter Chiefs player Geoff Edmondson dies watching match

Geoff Edmondson. Pic: Exeter Express And Echo Image copyright Exeter Express And Echo
Image caption Geoff Edmonds was described as a "rugby man through and through"

A former Exeter Chiefs Rugby Club player died while watching the team during Saturday's match against Gloucester.

Geoff Edmondson OBE, aged 76, collapsed during the second half of the LV= Cup encounter at Sandy Park and died despite treatment from paramedics.

The club said it was "shocked and saddened" and sent condolences to Mr Edmondson's family.

Fans from both teams expressed their condolences on social media.

Exeter Rugby Club chairman and chief executive, Tony Rowe OBE, said: "Geoff was not only a rugby man through and through, but someone who was held in high regards by not only those of us here at Exeter Rugby Club, but within sporting and teaching circles around the city and Devon as a whole.

"Our deepest sympathies go out to Geoff's family and friends at what must be a very difficult time."

Mr Edmondson leaves a widow, Elisabeth, son David, daughter Catherine and five grandchildren.

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