Damian Casey dies aged 29: Tributes pour in for hurling superstar after 'swimming pool accident in Spain' | The Sun

TYRONE hurling star Damian Casey has died aged 29.

The hurler is thought to have died in a swimming pool accident in Spain, where he was attending a wedding.

Casey had an illustrious career and is regarded as one of the greatest Tyrone players of all time.

He won three league titles, two Lory Meagher Cups and two Nicky Rackard Cups – scoring 14 points in this year's final only last month.

Casey was also twice included in the GAA/GPA Champion 15 team of the year.

Between 2012-2022 Casey made 89 appearances for Tyrone scoring 34 goals.

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He produced 807 points and enjoyed his best season in 2015 when he scored five goals and registered 104 points.

Tributes have poured in for the full-forward, who also worked as a sales manager.

Tyrone GAA released a statement saying: "Heartbreak and grief can come in many forms but are especially cruel when brought about by the sudden death of someone young, talented, outgoing and in the prime of life.

"Gaelic Tyrone is totally shaken by the news of the tragic death of Casey, a supreme hurler just now at the peak of his powers.

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"Casey was a special gift to Tyrone and to hurling. We were the richer for his presence and are the poorer for his passing."

Tyrone County Chair Michael Kerr added: "This breaking news is beyond belief.

"Someone who brought honour, delight and simple, straightforward gladness to our whole County, and far beyond, is gone and it’s so hard to take in.

“There are very difficult days ahead for Sean, Susan, Louise and Catherine, for Damian’s wider family circle and many friends and associates, for his team-mates and for the Gaels of Dungannon and Tyrone.

“Our deepest sympathy goes to them, and our focus must now be on providing the support and comfort that will be so badly needed.”

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