Jake Polledri, a former Bristol Rugby player who now plays for Gloucester, announced the tragic passing of his brother Sam on Instagram.
Sam, a 24-year-old rugby player, died of a suspected heart attack.
Former Bristol Rugby star heartbroken as brother, 24, dies from suspected heart attack – Bristol Live https://t.co/xPQUHBHtox
— Sir Mood 2022 (@themood2020) March 4, 2022
Gloucester Rugby is saddened to hear of the tragic passing of Sam Polledri earlier this week.
The Club continues to support Jake through this extremely sad time.
Our thoughts remain with Jake and his close family & friends. ♥️ pic.twitter.com/mFV6GZTp4l
— Gloucester Rugby (@gloucesterrugby) March 2, 2022
We are shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden and tragic passing of Sam Polledri, who was just 24 years-old. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.
Rest In Peace, Sam. pic.twitter.com/NKL5pWyFTM
— Dings Crusaders (@DingsCrusaders) March 2, 2022
The elder brother made this heartfelt tribute on Instagram:
With my eyes filled with tears I write that my brother @sam_polledri, aged 24, has passed away of a suspected heart attack.
It is difficult to put my feelings into words. I feel like a chunk of me and my family has been stolen so cruelly.
Sam was my brother, my best friend, and a massive supporter of me always! He had so many plans, a lot of love to give & so many things yet to achieve.
Sam lit up any room he walked into. Selfless, funny & kind. I’m so sorry that his life has been robbed.
Life will never be the same again. He has taught me so much and I will carry this with me in every step of my life.
Rest in peace mio fratello!
As seen in Sam’s Instagram profile, he was also a gifted rugby player:
Sam was listed as a ‘Right Wing’ for the Dings Crusaders RFC 1st XV Squad.
26-year-old Jake who plays for the Italy national rugby union team, and for Gloucester in Premiership Rugby, said his “life will never be the same again.”