Inquest into rugby ball death

The inquest of a school girl from Basildon who died after being hit by a rugby ball found she died of natural causes.

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'Natural causes' in rugby ball death

Leonie Nice.
Leonie Nice. Credit: East News.

The inquest of a school girl from Basildon, who died after being hit by a rugby ball, has found she died of natural causes.

Leonie Nice, 12, had a degenerative heart condition - arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy - which left her susceptible to irregular heart beats. The condition meant that Leonie could have died suddenly at any time.

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