Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Joint statement from The Cambridgeshire Cats and BAFA

It is with immense sadness that Charles Mack (36) is named as the member of the Cambridgeshire Cats who tragically died after suffering a suspected heart-attack during a training session this weekend. He had been a valued, and much-loved member of the team since 2013

Charles collapsed on the side-line at Sunday’s training session after feeling unwell. Club first-aiders carried out CPR, and he was transferred to Addenbrooke’s hospital where he later died.

The whole British American Football community has been shocked by the sudden death of a popular player. Tributes have been paid on the Cats’ Facebook page from around the UK and fans around the world.

Marco Fasulo, Head Coach of the Cambridgeshire Cats led the tributes:

“Charles was a huge character around the team, always smiling and making people laugh. He will be deeply missed by all those who knew him, he touched the hearts of everyone he met. He will be watching over the team from above. Rest in peace dear brother”

The Cambridgeshire Cats also posted:

“He was a truly amazing man. A loving husband to his wife Elizabeth and wonderful father to their three beautiful children Ayisha, Charles Jr and Alana. 

He was the perfect friend, always there when you needed him and willing to help anyone. 

His loss will be felt by so many people. His family and friends and his brothers at both the Cambridgeshire Cats and the Bedfordshire Blue Raiders. 

His family, friends and the Cats would like to thank each and every one of you for your sympathy, kind words, thoughts and prayers. Words cannot convey how much he will be missed. 

Charles was an amazing man with a loving family and friends. Rest in peace #54”

Martin Cockerill, Chair of BAFA:

“The British American Football Association (BAFA), as well as its coaching and refereeing affiliates (BAFCA & BAFRA) again offer their condolences to Charles’ teammates, friends, and family. We will continue to work with the club to support them during this extremely difficult time.

We all request that Charles’ wife, and three children are given the privacy they require.”



The Cambridgeshire Cats are one of the UK’s oldest American Football clubs, established in 1984

The British American Football Association (BAFA) is the National Governing Body of American Football in the UK.

The Cambridgeshire Cats will be honouring Charles at their next home game on 17th June against the Wembley Stallions and are currently working with his family and BAFA on the details. 

For further comment please contact the BAFA Director of Communications;


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