Magic Millions winner Berry dies from epilepsy

Last updated 19:26 03/04/2014
Nathan Berry

TRAGIC DEATH: Nathan Berry has died as a result of epilepsy.

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The racing community is in mourning following the death of jockey Nathan Berry, aged 23.

He died on Thursday after collapsing at track work in Singapore on March 18.

He suffered a series of seizures before he was placed in an induced coma last week. Doctors diagnosed Berry with Norse syndrome, an acute form of epilepsy.

Berry returned to Sydney from Singapore, where he was in the early stages of a four-month riding contract, aboard a specially-arranged flight on Thursday morning and was immediately admitted to a Sydney hospital.

He married his wife Whitney, daughter of fellow jockey Glyn Schofield, on February 2, a few weeks after the biggest win of his career on Unencumbered at the Gold Coast's Magic Millions Classic.

Racing NSW chief executive Peter V'landys said the entire industry was 'distraught' at the news.

"The entire racing industry is extremely distraught with the news of Nathan's passing," V'landys said in a statement.

"Sadness is not a sufficient word to describe this tragedy. 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.''

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- Sydney Morning Herald

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