IRELAND – The former head of the 2010 Winter Games is in mourning over the sudden loss of his wife.

Deborah Sharp Furlong was killed in a crash in Ireland yesterday; the 48-year old died in a head-on crash in southeast part of that country.

She was driving alone while on vacation when her car collided with a 4X4 in Wexford County. She was taken by air ambulance to a local hospital, where she was declared dead.

The other driver suffered minor injuries.

In a media statement, John Furlong confirms the news, saying he does so “with a broken heart.” He is thanking people for their heartfelt condolences and is asking for privacy for his family.

Police in Ireland are investigating the crash.

Statement from John Furlong:

It is with a broken heart that I must tell you of the death of my beloved wife Deborah Sharp Furlong as a result of an automobile accident while driving alone while on vacation in the southeast of Ireland on April 11, 2013.

While our extended families are beyond words over this loss, we would like to thank our friends and well-wishers for their heartfelt concern and condolences as our families face this sudden and painful tragedy.

While I understand that there may be interest in more details, please understand that at this extremely difficult time, I request privacy for our families. Thank you.

Sincerely,

John Furlong