Football legend’s wife dies after falling ill on Jet2 flight from Tenerife

Football legend’s wife dies after falling ill on Jet2 flight from Tenerife

Rosemary Burns, pictured with husband Tommy Burns, who died in 2018, fell ill on a flight to Glasgow from Tenerife(Picture: Daily Record/Media Scotland)

The wife of a Scottish football legend has died after falling ill on a flight.

Rosemary Burns, 69, wife of former Celtic FC player Tommy Burns, died in the early hours of Wednesday on a return flight to Glasgow.

She was on her way home early after falling ill while on a trip to Tenerife but her condition deteriorated on the plane, a family source told the Daily Record.

They said: ‘The flight was supposed to land in Glasgow but it ended up being diverted to Cork.’

Jet2 confirmed flight LS176 was diverted to Cork, Ireland, after a passenger became unwell on board in the early hours of Wednesday.

A passenger on the plane told the Scottish Sun that two passengers with medical training got up to help her as the pilots prepared for landing.

They said: ‘The flight had only been in the air for about 2 hours when the lights went up and the crew asked if anyone with medical training was on board.

Tommy Burns is a Celtic legend having turned out for the Hoops between 1971 and 1989 (Picture: SNS Group)

Tommy and Rosemary met when they were 17 and married in 1980 (Picture: Daily Record/Media Scotland)

‘Staff had already given the lady an oxygen mask to help her breathe.

‘Two passengers then came forward and assisted her for the duration of the flight until it diverted to Cork.

‘Everyone was really concerned about her and it was obviously very serious by the way the crew were acting.

‘The pilot said we’d be landing imminently and within ten minutes we had landed in Ireland, dropping down altitude very quickly.

‘An ambulance arrived about five minutes later and paramedics helped her off the plane.’

Rosemary Burns was 69 when she died (Picture: Daily Record/Media Scotland)

Tributes to Rosemary were led by football fans, one of whom said her ‘warmth and kindness touched the lives of many Celtic fans’.

Rosemary and Tommy met at a disco in Glasgow when they were both 17. They married in 1980 and went on to have four children together: Emma, Jenna, Michael and Jonathan.

They were married for 28 years until Tommy died after contracting skin cancer in 2018.

Her husband was respected across the wider Scottish football spectrum, with Rangers legends Ally McCoist and Walter Smith famously acting as pallbearers at his funeral.

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