A Scottish Parliament official died yesterday while playing in Dublin in a rugby match against a team from Dáil and Seanad.
David Hill’s father, who died while playing rugby for the Scottish Parliament team, said the “pain was unbearable”.
Rodger Hill said his family was “broken up” following the sudden death of David Hill yesterday afternoon.
He said on Twitter: “I can’t believe I’m writing this. My beautiful son David died today playing rugby in Dublin for the Scottish Parliament.
“He was the best and the pain is unbearable. We are broken.”
Nicknamed the “Rugby Daft”, David Hill worked as bureau chief for the Scottish Tory MSP and Holyrood Justices spokesman Jamie Greene.
He was playing for the all-party Holyrood team in a match against Dail and Seanad XV when he died.
Mr Greene described him as a “friend, colleague and confidante to so many in the Scottish Parliament over the years”.
He said Mr Hill “loved his politics but he loved his rugby more”, adding: “The whole of Parliament, my party and the whole rugby community are deeply saddened by this terrible news today and our condolences go out fully his family. friends and colleagues.”
It is with a heavy heart that I post this message tonight. Below is a short statement about our friend and colleague David. Now in thoughts with everyone involved. pic.twitter.com/HAJsKSgEor
— Jamie Greene MSP (@jamiegreeneUK) March 19, 2022
Mr Hill’s death sparked tributes from across Holyrood, with Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeting: “This is so terribly sad. My deepest condolences to David’s family, friends and colleagues.”
She said Mr Hill’s team-mates were “all deeply shocked and heartbroken”.
That’s so terribly sad. My deepest condolences to David’s family, friends and colleagues – and of course his @HolyroodRugby Teammates I know are all deeply shocked and heartbroken. https://t.co/3O4ZaLf2wW
— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) March 19, 2022
Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross said: “Our entire party is shocked and saddened by David’s tragic death. He was a kind, generous, well-loved and well-respected part of our team.
“We will all miss him very much. All of our thoughts are with his family and friends.”
Alison Johnstone, Holyrood’s Presiding Officer, said: “Words cannot express how shocked and saddened everyone in the Scottish Parliament is to learn of David’s sudden death.
“My thoughts and those of everyone @ScotParl are with David’s family, friends and colleagues at this difficult time.”
In a statement, Scottish Rugby said: “We are shocked and saddened by David’s passing today.
“Dubbed ‘Rugby Daft’ by his family, David played for Dumfries Saints and was a regular at Scottish internationals.
“The condolences of everyone at Scottish Rugby go to his family and friends at this time.”
Meanwhile, the Irish Foreign Office said: “We are deeply saddened by the tragic news of David Hill’s death and offer our sincere condolences to his family, colleagues and all our friends in the Scottish Parliament RFC.”
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