Police Probe 'Assisted Suicide' of Paralyzed U.K. Rugby Player

The “assisted suicide” of a young rugby player who was paralyzed last year when a scrum collapsed is being investigated by police.

Dan James, who once played for England Under-16s, died last month after traveling to a Swiss euthanasia clinic with his parents.

The 23-year-old looked destined for a professional playing career before he was paralyzed from the chest down after his spine was dislocated while training with Nuneaton Rugby Club in March 2007.

An inquest into his death was opened last month. The circumstances of the death were recorded as: “Deceased traveled to Switzerland with a view to ending his own life. He was admitted to a clinic where he died.”

He is one of the youngest Britons to have traveled to Switzerland for an assisted suicide.

The former pupil at Worcester Royal Grammar School was the son of Stuart James, who is listed as the Director of Rugby at Worcester Wanderers — an amateur club linked to Guinness Premiership club Worcester Warriors.

James and his wife have being interviewed by police as part of an investigation into his death. The couple, from Sinton Green, near Worcester, have refused to comment on the investigation.

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