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
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
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
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
We all request that Charles’ wife, and three children are given the privacy
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; Geoff.Jein@BritishAmericanFootball.org