Twenty-three-year old jockey Nathan Berry has died from NORSE drome.
Berry collapsed at track work in Singapore on March 18 where he was initially struck down with viral encephalitis. Doctors later diagnosed him with the syndrome, an acute form of epilepsy.
Mr Berry suffered a series of seizures before being placed in an induced coma last week. He unfortunately passed away in hospital on Thursday afternoon at Royal North Shore Hospital.
He had recently married his wife Whitney Schofield, daughter of fellow jockey Glyn Schofield on February 2, just a few weeks after he won the Magic Millions Classic on the Gold Coast.
After his passing, Glyn tweeted “The man we love so much and will miss even more. Losing you cuts so deep buddy. RIP.”
The racing community is in mourning ahead of Saturday’s Golden Slipper race, and Racing NSW chief executive Peter V’landys issued a statement saying, “The entire racing industry is extremely distraught with the news of Nathan’s passing.” – Lyndon Hall
Top photo of Nathan and twin brother Tommy from Bronwen Healy’s Twitter page.