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Peter Thomas dead at 79: Cause of Death

BY Salman Ahmed Mar 29, 2023. 04:00 pm

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FORMER Peter Thomas, a former Cardiff Rugby star and director, died at the age of 79.

Thomas “passed away peacefully at his home with his family by his side,” the Welsh team announced on Wednesday morning.

In 2021, Thomas was afflicted with pulmonary cancer.

In the 1960s, the former hooker played 11 times for Cardiff RFC before becoming a supporter in 1990 and chairman in 1996.

He served in the position for 22 years before standing down in 2018, having written off more than £11 million in team debts.

Thomas stayed a significant shareholder in the organisation and was named Life President.

After his passing, Cardiff RFC paid homage to Thomas, writing in an obituary, “Peter will be remembered as one of the most important and influential figures in the unrivalled history of Cardiff Rugby.”

“The club was his lifelong passion and we will forever be indebted to Peter and the Thomas family.”

Cardiff star Josh Turnbull wrote on Twitter: “Incredibly sad day, proud to have known him greatful to have spent time with him, indebted for everything he has done for @Cardiff_Rugby.

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“Sending my deepest condolences to the family my thoughts are with you all.

“RIP Peter Thomas.”

And Wales Rugby Union CEO Nigel Walker said on Thomas: “He made a huge contribution to Cardiff Rugby and had a significant and long lasting impact on my career both on and off the field.

“Thank you and God bless you.”

In 2012 Thomas was appointed a CBE for services to business, sport and charitable work in Wales.

Cardiff won the European Challenge Cup twice during Thomas’ time as chairman, in 2010 and 2018, in doing so becoming the first Welsh team to win a European trophy.

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