By David Gold

Russell Hogg_02-10-12October 2 - Scottish badminton star and Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Russell Hogg has died of skin cancer at the age of just 44.

Hogg's death comes just after the London 2012 badminton tournament that he helped to organise, before his condition deteriorated.

Ten years ago, he was part of the Scottish bronze medal winning team at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester.

Badminton Scotland chief executive Anne Smillie said: "This is a terribly sad day for our sport.

"Russell was a really popular figure within badminton and our heart goes out to his wife Julie.

"He was dedicated to our sport, first as a player, then in coaching and most recently in disability sport and we will all miss him.

"We are full of admiration for the way he carried on despite his illness."

He was introduced to badminton at the age of 10 by his father Harry, who was a badminton coach, and shone at youth tournaments on his way to making it as a professional.

Russell HoggRussell Hogg was part of the Scottish bronze medal winning team at the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games

Hogg's made his international debut in 1986 and went on to achieve 117 appearances for his nation to become Scotland's third most capped player.

During his career, Hogg won ten Scottish men's doubles titles and two mixed doubles crowns.

At the peak of his career, Hogg was eighth in the world in the mixed doubles and 17th in the men's doubles.

His last appearance in an international match was in 2003.

"His dedication to his sport was there for all to see," Scotland's former international and national coach Dan Travers said.

"He was a determined player but, off court, had a lovely, easy-going nature and his sense of humour and ability to make us laugh will be remembered fondly by all his friends."

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