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A community united in grief at tragic death of Christopher Rogers

Thursday, 13 April 2017

A community united in grief at tragic death of Christopher Rogers thumbnailChristopher Rogers

A 20-YEAR-OLD Armagh man who lost his life after collapsing at the city's swimming pool on Friday evening is to be laid to rest tomorrow (Wednesday).

Christopher Rogers passed away in the early hours of Saturday morning, after he became unwell at the Orchard Leisure Centre, around 9.30pm.

A former member of Armagh Swimming Club, Christopher - who lived at Ashley Park - was rushed to Craigavon Area Hospital.

It is understood attempts were made by paramedics to resuscitate Christopher at the scene, but he sadly passed away later in the intensive care unit.

Christopher was a much loved son of Malachy and Teresa and a dear brother of Oisin and Michael.

His sudden and untimely death has shocked the community and left his family and many friends devastated.

Oisin Rogers paid tribute to his brother, describing him as 'selfless'.

“He fought to the very end so my mother could have the chance to say goodbye," said Oisin.

“He came around a bit just before he passed away and this let mum say goodbye. This was my brother - he always thought of others first.

“We are a very close family and Christopher would have known how important this would be for mum."

Following the incident, the Orchard Leisure Centre was closed and in a statement issued by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, it said staff were "deeply saddened" following the "devastating news".

A meeting of the council's leisure services committee meeting due to take place on Monday evening was postponed as a mark of respect.

While the precise cause of Christopher's death remains unclear, the PSNI has confirmed it is not being treated as suspicious.

A post on the Armagh Swimming Club website, said the club "deeply regret the passing of our esteemed former member, Chris Rogers".

"We offer our sincerest sympathies to the Rogers family."

Christopher's funeral Mass will be held at the Church of St Patrick, Ballymacnab, at 11am on Wednesday and burial will take place in the adjoining cemetery.

As well as his parents and brothers, Christopher is also survived by his grandparents Thomas and Mary Rogers and Mickey and Ita McKee, uncles, aunts and wider family circle.

Donations in lieu of flowers are for the Intensive Care Unit, Craigavon Area Hospital.

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