Former Sale Sharks star David Tait has died at the age of just 25, after apparently falling from a Hong Kong tower block yesterday.
David retired from the rugby union because of persistent injuries – after making only 40 appearances during a five-year stint with Sale – to become a corporate finance manager for KPMG.
The Aviva Premiership club have issued a statement on behalf of David’s family, saying they were left ‘devastated’ by the news.
Stars from the rugby world have left tributes for the former back-row forward.
Former England star and ex- Sale teammate of David, Ben Foden, tweeted: “RIP David Tait, gutted to see the news. Great player and great guy! Thoughts are with his family.”
England and Wasps flanker James Haskell added: “Very shocked to wake up to the news of former Sale Player David Tait’s death. Very sad news. Top player and man.”
Rugby Players’ Association chief executive Damian Hopley told the Manchester Evening News the family and friends of David are in all their prayers.
He added: “The rugby community will be shattered by the passing of such a gifted and popular young man who was respected by everyone he played alongside,”
Mr Hopley also praised the former Sale Grammar School and University of Manchester student as a ‘gifted’ young man.
Mr Tait also represented Scotland sevens at two tournaments in 2009 and Scottish Rugby Union head of performance development Stephen Gemmell expressed his regret.
“David was a pleasure to work with and had a bright future ahead of him, both within and out of the game,” he said.
“The thoughts of all at Scottish Rugby are with David’s family, friends and colleagues at this difficult time.”
David’s death comes 11 months after another ex-Sale star, Selorm Kuadey, apparently committed suicide at the age of 24.