Danny Jones suffered a cardiac arrest, the initial results of the post-mortem into the Keighley stand-off’s tragic death have confirmed.
The cardiac arrest was triggered by hereditary heart disease. Sadly, the heart disease was not detected when Jones underwent an ECG scan in late 2014.
“Whilst the findings of the post-mortem do provide an explanation for why he died, they allow for little comfort for Danny’s family or all those who knew him,” said Keighley Cougars chief executive Gary Fawcet.
“His tragically premature death is still very painful for everyone, not least because his heart condition could not even be detected by the ECG.
“All we can do now is mourn his passing, celebrate his life and do everything we can for Danny’s wife Lizzie, their children Bobby and Phoebe and their wider family.”
Keighley will stage a bucket collection for the family of Danny Jones at their game against Coventry at Cougar Park on Sunday.
Fawcett urged all rugby league fans to dig deep for the cause of the player’s family.
“My message to Rugby League fans is to stick the money you normally spend on a lottery ticket or a half-time pie into the bucket, and add a tenner on top,” he said.
“If we all do that we can make a massive difference to the lives of Danny’s family.
“£77,000 is an amazing amount of money but it’s not enough: I have complete faith in not just the Rugby League Family but everyone involved in sport, from multi-millionaire professional footballers and the people of Wales to the fans on the terraces across the country to do the right thing by the family of a sporting hero.”