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Rugby player dies in 'terrible accident' on Devon holiday

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A schoolboy has died after a "terrible accident" on holiday in Devon.

Charlie Dunne, 18, who had recently completed his A-levels, was on a break with his family and friends when he suffered a "catastrophic injury".

The talented rugby player experienced a spinal injury before going into cardiac arrest.

His parents made the "impossible" decision on July 11th to turn off his life support.

Just three days earlier, Mr Dunne had attended a Leavers' Ball to mark the end of his exams and finishing at Aylesbury Grammar School in Buckinghamshire.

The school's headmaster Mark Sturgeon paid tribute to the teenager, who he described as a "lively, inquisitive, friendly and helpful young man".

"There is some comfort in him living on in others and potentially transforming their lives."

At his school, a special memories book has been opened and special assemblies have been held across the school.

"He was always smiling, always happy and was well known across the whole school," he said.

"His impact on Denson House, on the rugby squad and his friends cannot be underestimated and our thoughts and support are with the family and the whole Aylesburian community."

Charlie Dunne died whilst on holiday with his family in Devon Credit: Aylesbury Rugby Club

"Charlie played through every age group at Aylesbury RFC from U6 all the way through to colts and senior XVs.

The loss of Charlie has had a profound effect on everyone that knew him and our thoughts go out to his family and friends at this difficult time.

"Rest in peace, Charlie. You'll be forever missed."

– Aylesbury Rugby Club