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Nathan Berry

Nathan Berry: collapsed at Kranji last month


Jockey Nathan Berry dies aged 23

Australia: The racing community is in mourning after jockey Nathan Berry, who was diagnosed with Norse syndrome after collapsing at trackwork in Singapore last month, died aged 23 on Thursday.

The rider had been seriously ill in a Singapore hospital since the incident at Kranji on March 18. He was placed in an induced coma and diagnosed with an acute form of epilepsy after suffering severe seizures.

Berry died just hours after he was flown home to Sydney from Singapore.

Racing New South Wales chief executive Peter V'landys said the entire industry was “distraught” at the news.

“The entire racing industry is extremely distraught with the news of Nathan’s passing,” V'landys said in a statement.

“Sadness is not a sufficient word to describe this tragedy. We are all very distressed and could not imagine the grief the family must be going through.”

Berry, whose twin brother Tommy is also a jockey, married his wife Whitney, daughter of jockey Glyn Schofield, in February, a few weeks after the biggest win of his career on Unencumbered at the Gold Coast's Magic Millions Classic.

“This was a young man that had the world at his feet,” V'landys continued in the statement. “He won the Magic Millions in January and rose to the top of the ranks so quickly that he was offered a contract to ride in Singapore.

“You would not meet a family more grounded and genuine than the Berry family. They are the most diligent and hard-working people I know.

“Our sincere condolences go out to the Berry and Schofield families and Nathan’s wife Whitney.”

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