TRIBUTES are flowing in for Magic Millions winning jockey Nathan Berry, following his death.
The 23-year-old died in Sydney yesterday after collapsing during trackwork in Singapore on March 18.
According to The Brisbane Times, Berry suffered a series of seizures before he was placed in an induced coma last week and diagnosed with Norse syndrome, an acute form of epilepsy.
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The tragic diagnosis came just weeks after Berry married his sweetheart, Whitney, the daughter of fellow jockey Glyn Schofield.
“The man we love so much and will miss even more. Losing you cuts so deep buddy. R.I.P.,” Schofield tweeted.
Berry had also been on a career high after claiming the biggest win of his career on Unencumbered in the Magic Millions Classic at the Gold Coast in January.
Racing NSW chief executive Peter V’landys issued a statement on behalf of the racing industry.
“Sadness is not a sufficient word to describe this tragedy,” V’landys said.
“We are all very distressed and could not imagine the grief the family must be going through.”
“This was a young man that had the world at his feet. 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.’’
Three-time Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Glen Boss took to Twitter soon after the news broke: “I feel very numb with the passing of Nathan. RIP. Tommy your family and the Schofield’s. I’m so sorry for your loss.”
Trainers joined in the tributes. Bart and James Cummings tweeted: “We are saddened by the news of Nathan Berry’s passing. Our thoughts are with the Berry and Schofield families.”
Australian Turf Club chief executive Darren Pearce said Berry would be recognised during Saturday’s Golden Slipper meeting. The club would decide how it will be done in association with the Berry and Schofield families and the Australian Jockeys’ Association.