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World Cup-winning rugby star James Small was found naked and unconscious in a sex club before being rushed to hospital where he died of a heart attack, it has been claimed.
The 50-year-old wing was driven to the hospital without his clothes on by a woman at a 'gentlemen's club' which boasts ladies for hire on its website, Rapport reports.
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She reportedly rushed inside the Life Bedford Gardens hospital in Johannesburg asking for a portable hospital bed, telling staff the rugby player was too heavy to be put in a wheelchair.
The woman who rushed Small to the hospital allegedly told nurses he was a client of the notorious sex club The Harem and he had been found collapsed there.
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According to its Facebook page, The Harem is a 'gentleman's club that caters for every need' offering an 'adult entertainment service'.
South African police have asked to see toxicology reports and have confirmed that a judicial inquest has now been opened into the cause of his death.
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The newspaper said that police had tried to unlock Small's cell phone without success but could see from an open message that £175 had been withdrawn earlier.
His family have not commented on the rumours, but shared a statement.
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They told the South African: 'We seriously request that the family’s privacy is respected by the media.
'James lives his life in the private eye, but his children did not. No foul play is suspected, and this is surely where the public’s "need to know" must end.'
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'We will not dignify any other stories or rumours with a response and we won’t be making any further comment on this issue. We have a funeral to plan and the life of a hero – and a man we loved – to celebrate.'
Small was renowned for his jet-heeled fleetness of foot...
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