Eton College schoolboy dies after collapsing on sports field during match


AN Eton teenager collapsed and died during a match as his ex-pupil father played on an adjacent pitch.

The world-famous school lowered its royal standard flag to half-mast as counsellors helped pals come to terms with the devastating loss of “outstanding” Raphaël Pryor.

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Raphaël Pryor had been playing sport when tragedy struck

The 17-year-old keeled over in front of traumatised teammates on Saturday afternoon during a ‘Field Game’ at the £17,000-a-term Berkshire college.

Onlookers rushed to the lad’s aide and performed CPR on him in front of tearful, stunned friends.

As ambulances were called to the Eton grounds the six-former’s father was informed – he was playing in another fixture nearby.

Despite the best efforts of the medical services the teen was tragically declared dead.

Saturday saw nine school teams take on Old Boys’ teams in their unique Field Game – a cross between football and rugby.

Following the tragedy Eton lowered its royal standard to half-mast for the first time since the deaths of the late Queen and Duke of Edinburgh.

A source told The Sun: “Raphaël was loved and adored by everyone that knew him. Everyone is shattered at what has happened.

“The tragedy unfolded with Raphaël’s beloved father on the adjacent pitch. We are all numb and sending love to his family.”

Additional specialist support is being provided for pupils and staff by on-site counsellors at Eton.

Eton headmaster Simon Henderson told The Sun: “Raphaël was an outstanding young man who lived with joy in his heart, sharing it widely and powerfully. He had the brightest of futures ahead of him.

“In his life at Eton Raphaël brought so much to his friends and to those who taught and cared for him, including to those who played with and against him on the games field, where he excelled as one of the House Captains of Games.

“The whole Eton community is deeply saddened and shocked by this news. As we mourn his tragic death, our hearts go out to Raphaël’s parents, his family and his friends.”

Twenty British Prime Ministers have attended Eton, including David Cameron, Boris Johnson and Harold Macmillan.

The Royal Family have also sent members to the prestigious school, including both Prince William and Prince Harry.

The Field Game dates back to around 1815. It is played on a football pitch with 11 players per team but the ball is smaller and they use small, square net-less goals. There are scrums like rugby and the rules are so complex they take two-years for players to grasp.

The sport is only played at the school and so the current Year 12 and 13 boys arrange games each weekend against Old Etonians.

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