Australian jockey Nathan Berry has died at the age of 23, only two weeks after being with diagnosed with Norse syndrome, an acute form of epilepsy.
He collapsed on March 18 in Singapore and was later transferred to a Sydney hospital, as his condition worsened.
Berry, a rising talent in the jockey world, rode more than 350 winning horses, but his biggest victory was in January when he won the Magic Millions. He married Whitney Schofield, daughter of top jockey Glyn Schofield, in February this year.
“The entire racing industry is extremely distraught with the news of Nathan’s passing,” said Racing NSW chief executive Peter V’Landys.
“Sadness is not a sufficient word to describe this tragedy. We are all very distressed and could not image 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 hardworking people I know.”
“Our sincere condolences go out to the Berry and Schofield families and Nathan’s wife Whitney.”
His father-in-law, jockey Glyn Schofield, led social media tributes this morning:
The man we love so much and will miss even more. Losing you cuts so deep buddy. R.I.P. pic.twitter.com/HtqquWrM37; Glyn Schofield (@SchofieldGlyn) April 3, 2014