Adelaide Crows ‘deeply saddened’ by unexpected death of former AFLW star Heather Anderson as 2017 premiership winner dies aged 28
The Adelaide Crows mourn the sudden death of AFLW Prime Minister Heather Anderson.
In a brief statement released Monday, the club confirmed that the 28-year-old has passed away and extends its condolences to her family and friends.
“The Adelaide Football Club is deeply saddened by the unexpected passing of Premiership player Heather Anderson,” Crows said.
Former AFLW star Heather Anderson died unexpectedly at age 28
“Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.”
In a separate statement, AFLW chief Nicole Livingstone added: “Words cannot express the deep sadness of the AFL and AFLW community at this time. Our sincere condolences go to the Anderson family.
“On behalf of the AFL, I would like to express my deepest condolences to Heather’s family, friends and colleagues.”
Anderson, an Army medic, was selected by the Crows as Pick #10 in the 2016 AFLW draw.
Anderson (right) was part of the Crows team that beat Brisbane 4.11 (35) to 4.5 (29) in the 2017 AFLW Grand Final to earn the club’s first premiership
Anderson (far left) served as an army medic in the Northern Territory
Anderson was known for her signature pink headgear, which she wore to help her visually impaired mother recognize her on the pitch
Originally from the ACT but stationed in the Northern Territory, she became the first Northern Territory-based player drafted by the Crows in the process.
The defender had to overcome a serious shoulder injury in her debut season, when she went on to make eight games as the Crows won their first premiership by beating Brisbane 4.11 (35) to 4.5 (29) in the Grand Final.
However, the premiership victory came at the expense of Anderson, who dislocated her shoulder and eventually had to undergo surgery that marked the end of her career.
Anderson became a popular figure within AFLW due to her signature pink headgear, which she began wearing early in her career to help her visually impaired mother recognize her on the field.