Former Welsh representative dies
January 10, 2000

Former Welsh representative Kieron Gregory died hours after being sent home from hospital with suspected flu symptoms.

The 33-year-old, who played for Tredegar, was admitted to Nevill Hall Hospital in Abergavenny, south Wales, on Friday.

His mother, Joan, told the Daily Mail: "He could hardly breathe. I know they hospitals are snowed under with people suffering from flu, but he was sent home to die.''

She added: "They looked at him and saw a big, fit, handsome young man but they couldn't see through that to how ill he really was.''

Lyn Davies, trustee at Tredegar, said Kieron's sudden death later the same day had come as a shock to all club members.

``We are devastated. He was a great motivator. He was very popular, I cannot speak too highly of him,'' he said.

The club, which plays in the First Division of the Welsh League, postponed Saturday's match with Treorchy and also a cup game against Pontypool United tomorrow out of respect for their star hooker.

``The mood at the club is very down. Our thoughts are with Kieron's family,'' said Davies.

Club Secretary Lisa Wheatman is reported as saying: ``Kieron had complained of flu for a couple of weeks. It is awful when someone so young and so fit can suddenly die like that.''

Gregory started his playing career at Tredegar before moving on to play for top Welsh sides Neath and Newport. He then returned to his former club. He also toured with the Welsh national side in Namibia.

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