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British Judo Star Jamie McDonald Dies Aged 26

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British Judo star Jamie MacDonald has died after a battle with cancer.

The 26-year-old had been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour in 2015.

He learned of the tragic news only months after competing at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Former Welsh team-mate, Olympian Natalie Powell described MacDonald as one of the ‘cleverest, kindest guys.’

From Cardiff to Osaka, bumping into this one on the other side of the world was a bit of a random development! @roisin77777 #travel #travelling #holiday #japan #asia #osaka #friends #cardiff #uni #unifriends #BISBuddies

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She wrote in a tweet:

Absolute devastated to hear that Jamie MacDonald has lost battle with cancer.

Truly one of the cleverest, kindest, funniest guys I’ve had the pleasure of knowing!

His courage over the last few years has been incredible!

A few pictures from #wembley earlier in the week for #ENG v #ESP @effcharity. Thanks again for the tickets! Had an amazing night! #StandUpToCancer #Gogglebox #SU2C #regram #football #FA #soccer #⚽️

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Thankful for two things today: 1: @instagram for allowing multi posts 2: @teenage_cancer #TeenageCancerGigs for getting @teddysphotos into the #RoyalAlbertHall #lastnight 🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶 #edsheeran #livemusic #gig #singing #london #nightout #boysnight #music #genre #song #songs #TagsForLikes #melody #hiphop #rnb #pop #love #instagood #beat #beats #party #partymusic #bestsong

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The passing was confirmed by British Judo through their Twitter account.

Everyone at British Judo would like to extend our deepest condolences to Jamie MacDonald’s family and friends after he passed away earlier today following a battle with cancerhttps://t.co/C10hp7v8sp https://t.co/E8AznxF2bX

RIP Jamie pic.twitter.com/QFQYLbBELK

— #WeAreGBJudo (@BritishJudo) November 12, 2017

They wrote:

Everyone at British Judo would like to extend our deepest condolences to Jamie MacDonald’s family and friends after he passed away following a battle with cancer. RIP Jamie.

Jamie told Wales Online in 2015:

The last couple of years I had been a full-time athlete and never had any signs that there was anything wrong,” he said.

I graduated from Cardiff University in the summer and started full-time work, moving to Exeter in September.

I started getting headaches shortly afterwards but put it down to changing environment and being at a computer all day.

I was given some glasses but they didn’t seem to work so I went back and got another test.

I was sent to the hospital because of the optic nerve but I was told it was nothing to worry about.

I've looked better. But definitely glad to be out of hospital. Home for a week now. Chillllll time. #justwanttowashmyhair #brainsurgery #ouch #hometime #wholetlukedrive #fuckyou #braintumour #staypositive 👊

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It was after a ‘weird episode’ following a gym workout that Jamie was advised to seek help by his mother.

He added:

I’d got home and was watching TV and I got pins and needles in the left side of my face. It was literally like a complete left split down my face and tongue,” said Jamie.

I didn’t panic because I’d had a shoulder injury and thought maybe it was a trapped nerve after going to the gym. But then it travelled down my arm, down my chest, down my leg and into my foot

[Later that night] I was holding a bag of frozen chips and they dropped out of my hand. Considering I had spent more than a decade doing sport, where grip strength is fairly important, I thought it was strange. I dropped them four times.

Hanging out with my twin. Only 4 days of treatment left. Can't wait! #radiotherapy #chemotherapy #cancer #braincancer #bald #egghead #🍳 #🎗

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Jamie later told his mum about the occurrence. She urged him to seek medical help, so he rang NHS Direct and awaited for paramedics to take him away to A&E.

Just met this guy at #TeenageCancerGigs. Couldn't do enough for everyone, filming little videos for friends and even a proposal video for one of the boys. Now time to get ready for the #Busted lads performance as well as Ed himself (if he's managed to get away from the selfie crowd that is) #teenagecancertrust #teenagecancer #cancer #royalalberthall

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He said:

Because of what had happened they took me for a brain scan. After that the doctor told me I had a tumour on my brain. That was on January 6.”

The doctor told me to go and have a few drinks and not to worry until we know more. I couldn’t face going home so I walked into Exeter, found a late opening bar and bought 15 shots of tequila for everyone. I stayed there until closing time and then slept like a log.

Our thoughts go out to his friends and family.

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