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Rising rugby league star, 20, tragically dies in hospital after catching the flu

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A rising rugby league star, Zoe Wallace, 20, who recently returned to New Zealand after a stint playing with the Gold Coast Titans under-20 side, has tragically died after catching the flu.

Zae Wallace

The rising star had only played one game since returning to Auckland to play with the Northcote Tigers when he was struck down with a severe respiratory illness.

The usually strong and athletic 20-year-old was hospitalized in ICU after his flu-like symptoms progressed to pneumonia and a subsequent severe lung infection.

Zae Wallace dies after catching the flu

But after spending four weeks in an induced coma, attached to a ventilator and life support machine, Mr. Wallace tragically died on Saturday at Auckland City Hospital.

New Zealand Rugby League CEO Greg Peters told Daily Mail Australia the governing body had passed on its condolences to the Wallace family and their friends.

‘On behalf of New Zealand Rugby League we offer our deepest condolences to Zae’s family and friends,’ Mr. Peters said on Sunday.

‘He was a rising star with exciting skill and potential and was loved by many.

‘This tragic news is being felt widely across the league community, he’s a young talent that will be sorely missed,’ he said.

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