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Danny Frawley is suspected of committing suicide after a desperate struggle with depression. He was open about his problems in recent years, but nobody expected that he could harm himself

Danny Frawley is not the first AFL player to struggle with life after footy and will certainly not be the last.

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What went through the beloved former St Kilda champion when he made a tree career on Monday, died with the 56-year-old.

While the police continue to look for answers, regular media speculation has suggested that Frawley had lost his way after a disastrous business investment and the failure of his 29-year marriage to wife Anita.

The Age went so far that Frawley had financial difficulties because of the result of a large investment opportunity that went badly.

Danny Frawley is suspected of committing suicide after a desperate struggle with depression. He was open about his problems in recent years, but nobody expected that he could harm himself

Danny Frawley is suspected of committing suicide after a desperate struggle with depression. He was open about his problems in recent years, but nobody expected that he could harm himself

Danny Frawley and his daughter Keeley. Frawley was allegedly destroyed by the collapse of his marriage in the months prior to the incident that claimed his life

Danny Frawley and his daughter Keeley. Frawley was allegedly destroyed by the collapse of his marriage in the months prior to the incident that claimed his life

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Danny Frawley and his daughter Keeley. Frawley was allegedly destroyed by the collapse of his marriage in the months prior to the incident that claimed his life

Frawley & # 39; s alleged suicide is still reasonably raw with not only his family and friends, but a fiercely passionate football community who, desperately seeking information, disdain curious media.

After football the champion had made a successful career in the media on television and radio.

He was a natural but well-respected clown, a few intellectual notches from people like former Bulldog hero Doug Hawkins and former Cat great Billy Brownless.

But like many Aussie Rules footballer before him, Frawley had struggled with life outside of footy.

He had worn his heart on his sleeve and spoke openly about many of those challenges.

Last year he raised his concern about a problem with the disgraced Cat Mark & ​​# 39; Bomber & # 39; Thompson while acting as president of the AFL Coaches Association.

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Thompson admitted that he had fought a mad ice habit in June after he was guilty of drug possession.

Frawley said he walked away from the panel of advisers responsible for selecting James Hird's replacement as a senior coach at Essendon about concerns about Thompson's health and well-being.

Danny Frawley in his prime in St Kilda. Frawley would become a much loved Saint and his death hit hard loyal fans

Danny Frawley in his prime in St Kilda. Frawley would become a much loved Saint and his death hit hard loyal fans

Danny Frawley in his prime in St Kilda. Frawley would become a much loved Saint and his death hit hard loyal fans

Danny Frawley and supermodel Elle Macpherson during his glory days with the saints. Frawley would have been a hit with the ladies long after he had finished playing football

Danny Frawley and supermodel Elle Macpherson during his glory days with the saints. Frawley would have been a hit with the ladies long after he had finished playing football

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Danny Frawley and supermodel Elle Macpherson during his glory days with the saints. Frawley would have been a hit with the ladies long after he had finished playing football

Behind the scenes, Frawley had gone to the bottle to give self-medication.

& # 39; I started running a lot, tried to stay fit and hoped that I would sleep, but I couldn't, so I started drinking a lot, and then I started doing weight sessions, and in the three-week period without sleep had something to give, & he said at the time.

& # 39; I waited to get the cold or the flu or to get exhausted, but I kept going. As my father always said: & # 39; Work through it. You are right, son. "So I tried, and it all came to a head as a nervous breakdown. & # 39;

In 2016, Frawley was forced to endure the full power of a media scandal that undoubtedly embarrassed the proud father of three.

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It happened when he became involved with his co-host Eddie MacGuire on the Melbourne radio, calling for the drowning of award-winning sports reporter Caroline Wilson.

& # 39; I will really jump in and make sure she doesn't – I will maintain her, Ed, & # 39; he said.

Frawley apologized and withdrew his comments on the following Monday, amid calls to dismiss the presenters.

Danny Frawley came under fire when he received a & # 39; joke & # 39; about drowning respected sports reporter Caroline Wilson

Danny Frawley came under fire when he received a & # 39; joke & # 39; about drowning respected sports reporter Caroline Wilson

Danny Frawley came under fire when he received a & # 39; joke & # 39; about drowning respected sports reporter Caroline Wilson

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& # 39; I sincerely apologize for my comments last Monday. They were inappropriate, they were unacceptable, and all the comments that are seen as violence against women are totally inappropriate, & said Frawley.

& # 39; I had a good conversation with my three daughters and (wife) Anita when I got home and called my mother, so many people got offended – and none more than Caroline Wilson. So I apologize for her. I tried to contact her.

& # 39; My comments were bad, they tried to make jokes and came across as a bad joke. & # 39;

St Kilda – where Frawley was royalty – publicly put down his comments.

& # 39; The comments were completely inappropriate, remarkable and could hardly contrast with our club values ​​anymore & # 39 ;, the club said.

& # 39; We called Danny as soon as we heard about the comments to express our opinion and will meet him again during the week to discuss how harmful these comments are. & # 39;

While Frawley's problems largely took place in public, other soccer players suffered in silence.

The first known soccer player to commit suicide was Norm Collins in 1933.

Collins had played with Fitzroy, Carlton and Hawthorn, where he filled in as captain.

He retired in 1933, citing an inability to take shape, and only two months after his last appearance for Hawthorn committed suicide.

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While others undoubtedly went the same for the following years, mental health has always been a taboo, not just in football circles.

In August 1990, former Blue Rhett Baynes died of an overdose in a reported suicide.

He was a ruckman and key figure in Perth before being recruited for the then VFL in the 1980s.

When the body of the former Eagles champion Chris Mainwaring was found, it was revealed that he had a cocktail of both prescribed and illegal drugs in his system.

Eagles champion Chris Mainwaring was found dead with a cocktail of both prescribed and illegal drugs in his system. He had struggled after completing his footy career

Eagles champion Chris Mainwaring was found dead with a cocktail of both prescribed and illegal drugs in his system. He had struggled after completing his footy career

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Eagles champion Chris Mainwaring was found dead with a cocktail of both prescribed and illegal drugs in his system. He had struggled after completing his footy career

Majak Daw recovered wonderfully after falling from the Bolte bridge.

Majak Daw recovered wonderfully after falling from the Bolte bridge.

Majak Daw recovered wonderfully after falling from the Bolte bridge.

Mainwaring had fought depression after being confronted with a lawsuit over a property deal.

Striking football players, including former Geelong hero Gary Ablett Senior – who is still referred to in his hometown as & # 39; God & # 39; – former Carlton champion Brendon Fevola and North Melbourne legend Wayne Carey all struggled publicly after taking off the boots.

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Depression after footy has seen many a football player in court and some end up in prison.

Former Blue Chris Yarran was imprisoned for five years in May after being fired on ice.

Former Hawk and Tigers player Billy Nicholls was sentenced to 11 years in prison in 2015 for shooting two men after his life got out of hand while using the drug ice.

Former Melbourne champion, Colin Sylvia, died in a car accident after he struggled to face life after footy, making him see the courts in and out.

Three times AFL premiership Brian Lake spent time earlier this year in prison after stalking a woman.

Over the past five years, more and more AFL players have had to deal with psychological problems.

They include Jack Steven (St Kilda), Travis Cloke (Western Bulldogs), Mitch Clark (Geelong), Matthew Broadbent (Port Adelaide), Aaron Hall (North Melbourne) and Collingwood's Dayne Beams and Alex Fasolo.

Swan champion Lance Franklin could not play in the 2015 final due to unspecified problems.

Last December player North Major Majak Daw fell from the Bolte Bridge in Melbourne.

Former Carlton player Jake Edwards, who admitted he tried suicide, angrily demanded that the industry wake up & # 39; became.

He was supported by Wayne Schwass, a retired player from North Melbourne, who revealed his own depression 13 years ago.

& # 39; They live a surreal life with enormous pressure and that pressure extends beyond the football field & he said.

& # 39; I think the industry reminds us that we can do much more. & # 39;

For confidential support in Australia, call the Lifeline 24-hour crisis support on 13 11 14.

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