By: William O’Toole
Robbie Keane has posted a heartfelt tribute on Facebook following a tragic accident yesterday that saw his cousin Alan killed.
The Republic of Ireland striker said the family were devastated following Alan’s death and were now praying that Stephen pulled through.
Speaking on his Facebook page, the 34-year-old said : “As you can imagine it’s been a very difficult time for our family.
“May Alan RIP and we continue to pray for Stephen.
“Thanks everyone for your kind messages and support.”
Alan Harris was killed yesterday after he was overcome by fumes while working down a drain in Drumnigh Wood in Portmarnock, North Co Dublin.
Alan was working for the family owned Draintech when the incident occurred.
It is understood that when Alan got into difficulty, Stephen went to his rescue.
Alan was pronounced dead at the scene and his brother Stephen is fighting for his life.
Three firefighters were also hospitalised following the incident at the plush Dublin estate.
Keane trained with the Irish team last night ahead of the weekend’s crunch tie with Scotland and sources close to the Irish team said that Keane called his team mates aside to tell them about the tragedy that had struck his family.