It is a tragedy that has shaken the world of rugby. On the night of Friday to Saturday May 7, Kelly Meafua found death. The Montauban player was in town to party, but he met a tragic end. The latter jumped from a bridge in the Tarn and his body was found on the bank a few hours later. A disappearance all the more terrible as the 31-year-old Samoan player was a father of 3 children and his partner, Kelly, is currently pregnant.
The reason for his death was not yet known, but according to information from Rugbyrama, an autopsy was performed to find out the cause. Kelly Meafua jumped from the Pont-Vieux, which is almost 23 meters high, but according to our colleagues, the fall did not cause the death of the rugby player. The investigation concludes rather that he died of drowning following his fall in the Tarn.
Toxicological analyzes expected next week
For now, the thesis of the accident therefore remains privileged by the investigators, but the toxicological analysis carried out is still awaited. It should not be known until the end of next week, according to Rugbyrama. Samples were requested by the prosecution in order to see if there was any presence of alcohol or drugs at the Samoan. On Saturday May 7, a few hours after the terrible accident, several people were also interviewed in order to clarify the mystery surrounding this affair.
A beautiful tribute was paid to Kelly Meafua at Montauban, the club in which he had been playing since 2020. “Kelly was a player very appreciated by all, his joie de vivre was infectious and radiant. Today we lost a player, a friend, a brother”said his club in a press release after the announcement of his death.
Gone less than a week ago, Kelly Meafua leaves behind a club bruised by her sudden death, as well as a pregnant wife and three children who lose a father who left too soon…