Tributes have been paid to Ciarán O’Boyle, a 22-year-old Irish man who died following a fall in Brooklyn earlier this week.
O’Boyle, who was visiting the US on a J1 visa, attended St Mel’s College in Longford. In a statement, Longford GAA New York sent their condolences to his family “following his sudden and tragic death. May He Rest In Peace!”
His local club, Clonguish GAA, paid tribute to him on Facebook, saying in a statement: “The club would like to extend its deepest and heartfelt sympathies to the O’Boyle family on the tragic and untimely loss of Ciarán. To his mum and dad, Paddy and Jacinta and to his brothers Kevin and Patrick and sister Rachel and to all his extended family and friends.”
Both O’Boyle’s brothers play for the club on the senior and minor teams, and Ciarán was a former player, reports The Irish Times.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the O’Boyle family at this very difficult time,” the club said.
Members of his family have flown to the US to make arrangements to have his body brought home.
UPDATE: NYPD has confirmed that the Irish man who died in New York City this week is Ciaran O’Boyle, a 22-year-old J1 student who was living in Brooklyn.
The Irish Independent reports that an NYPD spokesperson said: “The male had trauma to his body consistent with falling from an elevated height. The investigation does not appear to criminal and remains ongoing. The Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death.”
An Irish student has died after reportedly suffering a fall in New York City this week.
RTÉ reports that the 22-year-old, whose name has not been released, was found “lying unconscious and unresponsive outside a building on Gates Avenue in Brooklyn” on Tuesday evening.
It is understood the man may have fallen from a height.
Police responded to the scene and transported the Irish man to nearby Woodhull Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
It is understood that the man’s parents are flying out from Ireland to formally identify him.
The Irish Mirror reports that the man was in the US on a holiday visa, and was due to graduate school in the coming months.
A spokeswoman for the New York Police Department told The Irish Mirror: “We can not confirm the identity at this time until we ensure there was a proper family notification in regard.”
The NYPD further said they do not believe any criminal element was involved in the incident.
Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs said they are “providing consular assistance.”