Man ‘collapses’ and dies after suffering ‘heat stroke’ while ‘playing football’ on the hottest day of the year

A man has ‘collapsed’ and died, reportedly from ‘heat stroke’ due to extreme temperatures, while playing football in East London.

The man, whose identity is not yet confirmed, was reportedly playing football on a pitch in Cubitt Town on the Isle of Dogs, Tower Hamlets, on Sunday, July 18.

On what was officially the hottest day of the year, with temperatures reaching above 31C, the man reportedly suffered ‘heat stroke’.

A London Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We were called at 11.55am yesterday morning (July 18) to reports that a person was unwell in Manchester Road, Isle of Dogs.

“We sent an ambulance crew, three medics in fast response cars and an advanced paramedic to the scene.

“The first paramedic arrived in less than seven minutes.

“Despite the best efforts of our crews, the patient sadly died at the scene.”

The news was shared on a community Facebook group with the caption: “A young man has passed away during a football session. He had a heat stroke.

“We advise everyone to remove yourself from the sun and drink plenty of water to keep hydrated. We are not used to this kind of weather therefore we are not aware of how to keep ourselves self.”