Wife of former VANOC CEO John Furlong killed in car crash staff

4/12/2013 12:14:08 PM

The wife of former Vancouver Olympic organizing committee president John Furlong has been killed in a car crash in Ireland.

Deborah Sharp Furlong died when the car she was driving in by herself collided with another vehicle on Thursday.

She was vacationing in the southeast of the country.

In a statement issued to CTV News, John Furlong said "It is with a broken heart that I must tell you of the death of my beloved wife."

"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," he said.