GONE IN HOURS; Pals devastated by shock death of rugby giant, 32.Byline: HEATHER RAMSAY
STRAPPING rugby "giant" Kevin McDonald died just hours after being diagnosed with leukaemia.
Kevin, 32, had just finished his best season, winning Kirkcaldy Rugby Club second string's Player of the Year award Several sports leagues honor their best player with an award called Player of the Year. In the United States, this type of award is usually called a Most Valuable Player award. The awards with the "player of the year" phrasing include these. for his heroics on the pitch and making his debut for the first XV.
But after feeling ill while on holiday with long-term lover Gail Williamson, 15-stone 6ft 3ins forward Kevin was rushed to hospital.
He was diagnosed with leukaemia and died within hours after suffering liver failure liver failure Clinical medicine Liver insufficiency that results in death, requires a liver transplant, or is characterized by recovery after encephalopathy, or while awaiting a transplant; also defined as a condition with ≥ 3 of following: albumin < 3. .
Kevin's coach Kenny Grieve, 32, said: "We are all absolutely devastated.
"This is a real shock. He was a young fit man and it is difficult to comprehend how something like this could happen."
Kevin, who lived with Gail in East Wemyss, Fife, had played for Kirkcaldy since he was a teenager.
Ron Ferguson, 64, who coached Kevin as a junior, said: "He was a gentle giant.
"I did not even know he was ill, so it was a complete shock when I heard he had died."
Kevin, a former pupil at Balwearie High School Balwearie High School is situated at the west end of Kirkcaldy in Scotland. Balwearie is a non-denominational comprehensive secondary school which caters for around 1700 pupils aged from 12 to 18, and includes a Department of Special Education for children with Special Educational in Kirkcaldy, complained of being tired while on holiday in Inverness.
It is thought Gail phoned an NHS NHS
National Health Service
NHS (in Britain) National Health Service helpline on June 18 before Kevin was diagnosed with leukaemia and died the following day at Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy.
Mike Brown, manager of the Kirkcaldy service station where Kevin worked, said: "Everyone knows the place as "Big Kev's" garage."
VICTIM: Kevin McDonald