Former Irish rugby star and coach Anthony Foley dies aged 42

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Former Irish rugby star and coach Anthony Foley has died.

The 42-year-old record-breaking Munster forward was found dead in the Munster team hotel in Paris, ahead of the clash in the European Champions Cup against Racing 92.

A statement by the Irish Rugby Football Union and Munster Rugby announced his sudden death.

"It is with deep regret that the Irish Rugby Football Union and Munster Rugby must advise of the passing overnight of Munster Rugby head coach Anthony Foley, at the team hotel in Paris," it said.

"Munster Rugby management are liaising directly with Anthony's family and will provide them with any assistance and support required.

"The IRFU and Munster Rugby pass on our deepest sympathies to all of Anthony's family and friends and ask for privacy for the family at this sad time."

Foley had been in the backroom teams with Munster since 2009 in various roles, most recently as head coach.