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Rugby fan dies after taking ill at Murrayfield

A rugby fan has died in hospital after falling ill during the Scotland v England match.

The 60-year-old man was watching the game from the stands with a group of friends when he was taken ill around 15 minutes into the match at Murrayfield in Edinburgh.

He was treated by paramedics and taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary but died a short time later.

Scottish Rugby Union president Donald Macleod said last night: "We are extremely saddened to hear of the death of a supporter who attended today's Calcutta Cup match.

"We extend our deepest sympathy to the gentleman's family and friends and we are standing by to support in any way we can."

England won the Six Nations match 20-0.

RFU president Bob Reeves said: "The rugby family has lost one of its members and on behalf of all the travelling England fans and the RFU we extend our condolences to the gentleman's relations and all those who knew him."

A statement from Police Scotland said last night: "Police Scotland can confirm that a 60-year-old man collapsed at Murrayfield Stadium at around 5:15pm today.

"He was taken to ERI where he was pronounced dead. Inquiries are still ongoing but it is believed there are no suspicious circumstances."

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