Tributes paid to ‘truly inspirational’ rugby hero James Addyman
Tributes have been pouring in for a Keswick rugby player who has died of an aggressive form of bone cancer.
He had returned to playing rugby after losing an arm and shoulder to cancer.
James was originally diagnosed with an aggressive form of bone cancer in 2017 and had his right arm and shoulder joint removed and earlier this year he had further chemotherapy after cancerous nodules were found on his lung.
It is with much sadness that the club learned today of the death of @RugbyLeeds PDRL player James Addyman, who lost his brave battle with cancer aged 23.
An inspirational young man who will be sadly missed.
Our condolences are with his family and friends. https://t.co/GgpYqm7Nj2 pic.twitter.com/RD16V1fz5c
— Leeds Rhinos (@leedsrhinos) November 12, 2019
He also won at the Cumbria Sports Awards 2018, collecting the Be Inspired Award.
The team will retire the number four shirt in James’ honour.
Devastated to hear the sad news that James Addyman passed away earlier. A courageous young man who’ll be sorely missed by all here at Carlisle and the wider rugby community.”
– CARLISLE RUGBY CLUB
It’s with deep sadness we have to announce the death of one of our senior players, James Addyman. Finally losing his battle with illness which he fought with great dignity, bravery and fortitude. In the very same way he played the game. James was a inspiration to us all pic.twitter.com/xZgzeE8HLk
— Keswick Rugby Club (@KeswickRugby) November 12, 2019