Special Olympics International and World Games Organizing Committee Statement Regarding Death of Gareth Derek Cowin

January 31, 2013

Gareth Derek Cowin

Gareth Derek Cowin

For Immediate Release

It is with deep sadness that we report that Special Olympics Isle of Man Floor Hockey athlete Gareth Derek Cowin, 25, passed away 30 January at 19:35 PM at Asan Hospital in Seoul.
 
“This is a great loss for the Special Olympics movement and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and his teammates,” shared the leadership of Special Olympics International and the Games Organizing Committee. “The entire Special Olympics family is grieving the loss of Gareth and we dedicate these Games in his honor.  His delegation will continue with the World Games and have dedicated their competitions in his memory.”
 
The cause of death as released by the hospital is refractory septic shock with multi-organ failure. Gareth arrived to the Republic of Korea with his delegation on 26 January and attended the first day of his Host Town experience. It is during that time he fell ill and was admitted to a local hospital and then was transferred to Asan Hospital where he underwent treatment. Medical professionals confirmed his illness was not contagious and there have been no other illnesses with the delegation.
 
“He received the best treatment possible while he was here in Korea,” shared his father Kevin Cowin. “We are truly grateful for all that the staff of the hospital did to treat Gareth.”
 
He was with loved ones when he passed.
 
We ask that all media respect the privacy of the family and the entire Delegation of Special Olympics Isle of Man at this difficult time.
 
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