The Munster coach died overnight in Paris
The rugby world is coming to terms with the tragic passing of Anthony Foley.
Foley died overnight in a Paris hotel, ahead of Munster's Champions Cup clash with Racing 92. The game was subsequently postponed.
Such was Foley's popularity in the game, the world of rugby have come together to pay tribute to the 42-year-old Clare native.
We regret to announce the sudden passing of @Munsterrugby coach Anthony Foley. Our thoughts & prayers are with his family at this time. RIP— Irish Rugby (@IrishRugby) October 16, 2016
It is with great sadness that we bid farewell to our coach, former captain, colleague and friend today, rest in peace Anthony Foley.— Munster Rugby (@Munsterrugby) October 16, 2016
We're absolutely devastated to hear of the passing of Anthony Foley. Our thoughts&prayers are with his wife Olive,his children& his family— Shannon RFC (@shannonrfc) October 16, 2016
Distraught at the tragic news of Anthony Foley,great friend,teammate & legend.Super form last weekend at Mick Galwey's 50th.Incomprehensible pic.twitter.com/lpnGMvnN2x— Frankie Sheahan (@FrankieSheahan) October 16, 2016
Sad to hear the news of the passing of Anthony Foley. A great bloke and rugby player who has left a big hole to fill in Irish Rugby.— Nathan Hines (@Wagga5) October 16, 2016
Everyone at Scottish Rugby passes on their condolences to the @Munsterrugby colleagues & family of Anthony Foley at this very sad time— Scottish Rugby (@Scotlandteam) October 16, 2016
Unbelievably sad news. Thoughts and prayers with all Anthony's family, friends and colleagues. RIP https://t.co/DxUm3Gqz4P— Welsh Rugby Union 🏉 (@WelshRugbyUnion) October 16, 2016
We are all shocked and saddened by the passing of the great Anthony Foley. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. RIP. pic.twitter.com/leTM5C6roH— England Rugby (@EnglandRugby) October 16, 2016
Terribly saddened to hear of the passing of Anthony Foley. Our thoughts are with his family & friends at this very difficult time. RIP pic.twitter.com/ZsaN9lYedF— PRO12RUGBY (@PRO12rugby) October 16, 2016
So shocked to hear the tragic news of Antony. A pleasure to have played with and been coached by him. Thoughts are with Olive & his family— Tommy Bowe (@TommyBowe14) October 16, 2016
Can't quite believe it. So incredibly sad. My thoughts are with Olive, his boys & and his extended family. https://t.co/rslxzyC85T— Brian O'Driscoll (@BrianODriscoll) October 16, 2016
How incredibly sad to hear about the passing of the great Anthony Foley. With enormous respect and deepest sympathy for his family.— Jonny Wilkinson (@JonnyWilkinson) October 16, 2016
Just heard the terrible news of the death of Munster's Anthony Foley - thoughts with his family - very sad indeed.— Brian Moore (@brianmoore666) October 16, 2016
A number of sporting figures from other codes also paid tribute to Foley, marking just how wide an impact he had outside the world fo rugby.
@Munsterrugby Horrific news about Anthony Foley. Thoughts with his family and friends. RIP Munster and Irish 🍀 legend 🙏🏼— Tomás Ó Sé (@tomas5ky) October 16, 2016
Thoughts and prayers to family/friends of Anthony Foley.... Awful news— Robbie Fowler (@Robbie9Fowler) October 16, 2016