The following was shared with DblCoverage.com earlier today:
BAFA & CAMBRIDGESHIRE CATS STATEMENT
It is with immense sadness that Charles Mack (36) is named as the member of the Cambridgeshire Cats who tragically died after suffering a suspected heart-attack during a training session this weekend. He had been a valued, and much-loved member of the team since 2013.
Charles collapsed on the sideline at Sunday’s training session after feeling unwell. Club first-aiders carried out CPR, and he was transferred to Addenbrooke’s hospital where he later died.
The whole British American Football community has been shocked by the sudden death of a popular player. Tributes have been paid on the Cats’ Facebook page from around the UK and fans around the world.
Marco Fasulo, Head Coach of the Cambridgeshire Cats led the tributes:
“Charles was a huge character around the team, always smiling and making people laugh. He will be deeply missed by all those who knew him, he touched the hearts of everyone he met. He will be watching over the team from above. Rest in peace dear brother”
The Cambridgeshire Cats also posted:
“He was a truly amazing man. A loving husband to his wife Elizabeth and wonderful father to their three beautiful children Ayisha, Charles Jr and Alana.
He was the perfect friend, always there when you needed him and willing to help anyone.
His loss will be felt by so many people. His family and friends and his brothers at both the Cambridgeshire Cats and the Bedfordshire Blue Raiders.
His family, friends and the Cats would like to thank each and every one of you for your sympathy, kind words, thoughts and prayers. Words cannot convey how much he will be missed.
Charles was an amazing man with a loving family and friends. Rest in peace #54”
Martin Cockerill, Chair of BAFA:
“The British American Football Association (BAFA), as well as its coaching and refereeing affiliates (BAFCA & BAFRA) again offer their condolences to Charles’ teammates, friends, and family. We will continue to work with the club to support them during this extremely difficult time.
We all request that Charles’ wife, and three children are given the privacy they require.”