Christ Church University have released a statement following the death of one of their students.
Popular CCCU student Max Davies, 22, tragically passed away last week on August 9.
The death of the talented rugby player saddened and shocked many students and staff at Christ Church.
A representative from the university said: “It is with great sadness that we learned of the death of one of our students.
“Our thoughts and condolences are with family and friends at this sad and difficult time.
“We would like to remind all students and staff that help and advice is available through the University Support Services.”
Max played for CCCU’s rugby team, who say they are currently mourning ‘the tragic loss of a brother’.
They said: “Max you will be sorely missed, and we’re sure there isn’t a person who knows you who isn’t hurting at the fact that you’re gone.
“Rest easy, brother.”
CCCU’s Men’s American Football team, the C4 Chargers, also offered condolences to Max on social media.
They said: “In light of the recent tragic loss in the CCCU Men’s Rugby team, we would like to extend our sincere to condolences to friends, family, team-mates and loved ones.
“All of us here at the C4 Chargers would like to stress that there are always people out there who cares for you.
‘We are all here for you’
C4 chargers also took the time to reach out to those suffering from mental health problems – encouraging them to always speak out and ask for help.
They added: “Nothing is too ridiculous and anything can be possible, please don’t hesitate to speak to someone. Friends, family members, team-mates, colleagues, therapists or even a stranger, we are all here FOR YOU.”
Max also played for Monmouth Rugby Football club, his home team in Wales. In a heart-warming tribute, the team described the athlete as a hard warrior with a sensitive side.
A spokesperson said: “Max’s hard warrior like physicality betrayed his sensitive side, with his love of animals, cheesy music and musicals.
“In the 22 years that he lived, Max had a great impact on those that he came into contact with.
“Max was a talented rugby player and had a great passion for all sports.
‘Depression got the better of him’
According to the tribute, the loved sportsman had his own fight with depression despite being the life and soul of every party.
They said: “Max had been suffering with depression for some time, which ultimately got the better of him, despite his best efforts to fight the illness, with the wholehearted support of his family, close friends and medical team.
“Always the life and soul of every party and gathering – a real prankster who would make light of the most mundane of situations.
“Max was always willing to help those in need and those that were in a less fortunate position and was always a great supporter of local and family charity initiatives.
“Max was a son, brother, grandson, nephew and friend to many and will be sorely missed by everyone lucky enough to have known him.”
The senior members from the Monmouth Rugby Football Club met at their clubhouse last Saturday to raise a glass in his memory.
We are sending our thoughts and prayers to the friends and families of Max Davies. We are truly saddened by his loss.