Tributes paid after inspirational double amputee dies after illness

Tributes have been paid to an inspirational double amputee who has died following an illness.

Ronnie McIntosh, 62, of Dundee, suffered from a rare autoimmune condition called Sjogren's Syndrome. It led to kidney failure and ultimately resulted in the amputation of both of his legs.

He had been ill with a chest infection and died in Ninewells Hospital in Dundee on Thursday night.

Mr McIntosh had been fitted with a new pair of ‘sport’ legs ahead of him carrying the Olympic torch in Dundee in June this year.

Before he became seriously ill in 1993, he was a successful marathon and fell runner and inspired others to become involved in running.

His work with Dundee clubs the Hawkhill Harriers and the Road Runners has been described as 'inspirational'.

He was also well known for his work raising the profile of organ donation and with charities.

Ged Hanlon, former coach and runner with the Hawkhill Harriers, said: "He was dedicated to raising awareness of organ donation as he went through it all himself, all the agonies and the highs and lows.

"He was always very upbeat and positive, there wasn't much that got him down. Even in the lowest times he would be having a laugh."

Tributes flooded social networking site Twitter including from supporters of Dundee FC, who Mr McIntosh had supported.

A tribute message was also left on Dundee FC's website which said: "Just heard the sad news that Ronnie has passed away. RIP Ronnie you were a legend."

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