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Peruvian police are investigating the death of rugby icon Eddie Butler after he was found dead in a sleeping bag

Peruvian police are investigating the death of rugby icon Eddie Butler after he was found dead in a sleeping bag

Peruvian authorities are investigating the cause of death of former Welsh rugby captain Eddie Butler, who died aged 65.

Butler’s body was discovered inside his tent on Thursday morning September 15 by the travel agency that had taken him to a campsite at the start of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

Diario Correo, a Peruvian publication, posted a photo believed to be of locals carrying Butler on a stretcher from the spot.

Infobae, a South American news outlet, said police and prosecutors have launched an investigation, although no details have yet been released on the possible cause of death.

Mile 82, where Butler was found, is a four-day trek from Machu Picchu, with camping near town and the Inca archaeological site of Ollantaytambo near Cuzco.

The prosecutor in charge of the current investigation was locally appointed Hugo Jara Palomino.

Butler, leaves behind his wife Susan and six children, and his death was confirmed in a statement posted on social media by Prostate Cymru.

They wrote: ‘Charity Prostate Cymru is devastated by the passing of its beloved ambassador Eddie Butler,’ the statement read.

“Ed was the voice of Wales and we were honored to have him as part of our charity. We will cherish the many memories we have of him.

“Over the past week, Ed has once again shown his generosity and unwavering commitment to good causes by joining 25 Prostate Cymru fundraisers, including his daughter Nell, on the Inca Trail Trek at Machu Picchu.

“In the early hours of Thursday, September 15, Ed passed away peacefully in his sleep at Ecoinka Base Camp in the Peruvian Andes.

“He leaves behind his wife Susan and six children who are very much in our thoughts.

‘The charity will make no further immediate comment. We also ask that the privacy of the family be respected during this difficult time.

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