Stu Ridley dead: Tributes as popular rugby player loses battle with inoperable brain tumour

Young rugby player given 6 months to liveView gallery Heartbroken tributes have poured in after popular rugby player Stu

Ridley lost his brave fight after being dia2020等38期另跑狗图今晚 gnosed with an inoperable brain tumour. The 25-year-old passed away on Tuesday with his family at his side. Messages were sent from friends, loved ones and the rugby community at large after the sad news was revealed. Stu, a farmer fr

om Northumberland, had been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour in February when he was given just six months to live, reports the Chronicle. His mum Celia told how his death came as a shock as her son had been in good spirits the previous day but that he was peaceful at the end. Rising star: Stu Ridley in action as a youth player (Image: Newcastle Chronicle) “We were all here and we are very grateful for that,” she said. “It was quite a shock in a way. The finish was very quick. “Stu

knew he was loved and also that he meant such a lot to all of us.” Stu, who lived with his family at Shit

lington Hall, near Wark, played for Tynedale RFC and was well known in the region. He was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour after suffering a spate of headaches but he was determine

d to prove the doctors’ prognosis wrong and his determination and bravery won him thousands of Twitter followers at Stay Strong Stu. And many of his supporters took to social media to pay their respects when his death was announced by Celia death on Facebook. She wrote: “He was strong throughout his five months ordeal. Heartbreak: Stu was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour (Image: Newcastle Chronicle) “We are immensely proud of him, he has been an immense treasure and delight all of his short life. “We cannot thank everyone enough for all of the support we have received.” Afterwards she said she had posted the message from a neighbour’s house as their Internet was down and “within 11 minutes there were 500-odd comments and likes”. She added: “The support has been so monumental. It has really helped us enormously. “I really can’t express the gratitude we feel. It’s quite unreal. “We are so very thankful for it.” Memories: Stu Ridleys fmaily describe

d the support as so monumental (Image: Newcastle Chronicle) Stu’s story had captured

the hearts of many in the region and beyond and among those paying tr

ibute yesterday was former New

castle Falcons and England star Jamie Noon, who now works as a rugby agent in France. He tweeted: “Very sad news, thoughts are with all family and friends.” Hexham MP Guy Opperman wrote: “RIP Stu. Your memory will live on in the inspiration and love you have brought to the thousands of people your bravery touched so deeply.” Rugby clubs paid their respects with Newcastle Falcons tweeting: “Everyone at Kingston Park offers our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Stu Ridley”. His own Tynedale RFC said: “All our thoughts go out to Stu and his family following Stu

’s sad death at 12 noon today. RIP Stu.”

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