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Cumbrian rugby club devastated by death of player, 23

Tributes have been paid to a rugby player who has died aged just 23.

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Luke King: His sudden death has shocked friends

Luke King, who had played for Kells since he was a youngster, was found dead at his home in Hensingham on Friday.

Police confirmed they had been called out but said there were no suspicious circumstances.

Kells coach Peter Smith said Luke’s death had left everyone at the club devastated.

A minute’s silence was held ahead of the club’s clash with Bradford Dudley Hill and they retired Luke’s shirt in hishonour.

Mr Smith said Luke was a popular player and his team was “in bits” when news of his death emerged.

“We retired the number nine shirt as a mark of respect to him,” he said. “He will be a big miss”.

Luke played for Kells since he was a youngster, and was a regular member of the Cumberland League team, playing at hooker.

He came through the club’s junior ranks with Greg McNally, now at Championship outfit Leigh Centurions.

McNally dedicated the try he scored in Leigh’s victory over Sheffield on Sunday, to his former team-mate, pointing up to the sky. He tweeted after the game: “This one was for you today, Podge. Love you pal. ThePeoplesPostman. RIP.”

A statement from Luke’s club described him as “a lovely lad who was liked by everyone who he came into contact with.

“Luke will be sorely missed both on and off the field.”

Fellow amateur rugby league outfit Hensingham ARL tweeted their condolences.

“We are sorry for your loss, from all at Hensingham we send our deepest sympathy to you and Luke’s family. ThePeoplesPostman”.

Other local clubs and from the National Conference League, also paid their respects on social media sites.

A police spokesman confirmed they were called to Lincoln Road on May 23 but said there were no suspicious circumstances.

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Sleep tight bud!!ganna miss your gorgeous smile! Thoughts are with your family!R.I.P luke king!😢

Posted by Georgia on 30 May 2014 at 00:15

RIP Podge lad

Posted by woogle on 29 May 2014 at 20:58

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