Owen Morris: Parents' tribute to 'bright and sunny' Cardiff teenager

Owen Morris
Image caption Owen Morris played rugby and was also a talented footballer

The parents of a boy who died after collapsing while warming up for a rugby training session have paid tribute to their "bright and sunny" son.

Owen Morris, 13, collapsed during a warm up jog at Llanishen rugby club in Cardiff on Monday.

Owen was taken to the University Hospital of Wales but died the following morning.

His parents called him an "intelligent, popular and sports mad" boy who also loved football and golf.

A statement issued by the Welsh Rugby Union on behalf of his parents, Dr Roger Morris and Dr Mel Morris, said Owen was happy and healthy on Monday having spent the afternoon with friends.

That evening he attended rugby training with Llanishen RFC under 14s and collapsed during a warm up jog before the session began.

Owen was taken to hospital by his father and his rugby coach where he underwent treatment in the paediatric intensive care unit.

But despite the best efforts of hospital staff, Owen passed away in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

"Owen was an intelligent, popular and sports-mad 13-year-old boy," added his parents in the statement.

"Owen's bright and sunny personality will be sadly missed by his family, friends and teachers at Cardiff High School. His laugh and infectious smile will be fondly remembered by all who knew him.

Avid fan

"Owen's family will miss him for every second of every day and would like to extend their thanks to friends, family, those at Llanishen RFC, Cardiff High School and the staff at University Hospital Wales for their support."

Owen's parents said their son was a keen and talented footballer having represented Ty-Celyn in Cardiff from the age of seven and he attended the University of Wales Institute Cardiff football academy.

He played full-back for Llanishen RFC under 14s and was a member of Cardiff Golf Club.

He was also an avid fan of Scarlets rugby team, Liverpool FC and was a season ticket holder with Cardiff City FC.

Llanishen RFC will hold a minute's silence at its games this weekend in memory of Owen.

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