Manly teammates post tributes to Sea Eagle Keith Titmuss who died hours after NRL training
A rising NRL player has died just hours after falling ill at Manly training on Monday.
In a statement, the Sea Eagles said emerging young talent Keith Titmuss “took ill” after training and was taken by ambulance to the nearby Northern Beaches Hospital.
He was then rushed to the nearby Royal North Shore Hospital where he tragically died, shocking the entire rugby league community.
Titmuss was just 20 years old.
“We are all devastated by this news,” Manly coach Des Hasler said.
“Keith was a very popular character amongst the playing group. He will be sorely missed but never forgotten by the Sea Eagles.”
Sea Eagles CEO Stephen Humphreys said the club would rally around its players and Titmuss’ family.
“Our Club sends its deepest condolences to Keith’s family and friends and will provide them with all of the support they need during this difficult period,’’ Humphreys said.
“We are working with the NRL’s wellbeing team to offer support and counselling to our playing group and staff.”
Teammates Marty Taupau and Cade Cust have led the tributes online as the Sea Eagles rally together.
“Rest easy brother,” Cust posted.
“Absolutely heartbreaking. Maguia lau malaga uso,” Taupau said.
Fans were quick to reminisce about Titmuss’ match-winning try for Manly in the 2017 NYC Grand Final.
The promising young forward had come through the Sea Eagles junior representative ranks.
Both Manly and the NRL have offered counselling to Sea Eagles players and assistance to the Titmuss family.
“This is a tragic day for rugby league,” NRL chief executive Andrew Abdo said.
“The game has lost a promising young player with the world at his feet.
“Keith had made it into Manly’s top 30 for the 2021 season after coming through the club’s junior ranks.
“We will make sure Keith’s family, the club and our players receive every support they need from the game.
“We are one family and today we have lost a member of that family. On behalf of the Commission and the game, I send my deepest condolences to Keith’s family.”
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