Rugby death: ‘boy was healthy’

2010-11-09 00:00

THE death of 19-year-old Hoosen Moosa, the boy who collapsed and died while at a rugby practice in Uvongo on Saturday, was described as “tragic” by the boy’s grandfather.

Speaking to The Witness yesterday, Ebrahim Moosa spoke of how difficult the untimely death of his grandson has been for the family.

“He was too young,” said Moosa.

“He left the house at about 6.30 am [on Saturday] and I dropped him off for his rugby.”

A keen rugby player, Hoosen was selected to represent the Ugu district at the Kwanaloga games in Richards Bay later this year.

On Saturday he attended a rugby practice for the tournament at the Douglas Mitchell Sports grounds and, while resting on the side of the field, collapsed and died.

Moosa said Hoosen was buried on Saturday evening during a service held in Harding where he lived with his grandparents.

Hoosen’s father immediately flew from Cape Town, where he lives with Hoosen’s brother, once he heard the news.

The boys’ mother died in a car crash when Hoosen was six months old.

Moosa added that Hoosen’s funeral was well attended.

“There were about 30 or 40 of his school mates there; he had so many friends,” he said.

“We also had the mayors of Ugu and Harding come and give us their condolences [yesterday].”

Moosa said there had never been any indications that Hoosen had a heart defect.

“There was nothing wrong with him.”

“He was healthy; he was a keen body builder and weight lifter and he used to go to gym every night,” his grandfather added.

 

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