Danny & # 39; Spud & # 39; Frawley & # 39; s sorrowful daughter was proud of her father for fighting his depressive demons.
In October 2017, she praised her father and the former AFL for making his psychological problems public in a newspaper interview at a time when such issues were rarely discussed in the footy macho world.
& # 39; I am so proud of this man for talking about his journey with depression hoping to help others & # 39 ;, Danielle Frawley wrote on Instagram. & # 39; You have demonstrated that depression does not discriminate. & # 39;
Two years later, and the day after his birthday, Danielle's beloved father died when he crashed his car against a tree on Monday afternoon near the family potato farm where he grew up in Bungaree, outside of Ballarat.
Although the cause of the one-car accident was not announced and can never be determined, a source told the Daily Mail that self-harm was one of the possible causes.
There were no skid marks that led to the tree where the champion was killed.
"There may be a number of factors, including distraction, fatigue, and speed," one source said.
& # 39; But if you see a car going straight into a tree, well … realistically, nobody will know until the research is complete. & # 39;
Frawley, the former captain of St. Kilda and the coach of Richmond became a colorful commentator, had been frank about his mental health problems in the last years of his life.
He had become an ideal advocate for people suffering from their mental health because he showed that even someone with his outgoing personality and huge popularity could be affected by depression.
He often published on social media about his experiences and had to speak on Thursday during a function of the charity RUOK.
Danny Frawley (pictured with his wife and three girls) revealed that he had fought mental health in a newspaper interview in October 2017 – and the next day his daughter Danielle placed a moving tribute
Danny Frawley & # 39; s saddened daughter Danielle (in the photo together) had told us how proud she was of her beloved father because he was talking about his depression two years before he died in a single-year-old crash
Frawley & # 39; s ute struck Monday in a tree in Ballarat, not far from where he grew up on his family's potato farm
Friends and family gathered Tuesday at the home of Frawley & # 39; s widow Anita in the Brighton suburb of Melbourne to pay their respects and support the family.
Tired family members hugged each other on the street as friends came in and left the building.
One man brought a tray with lamingtons and another brought in beer.
While speculation about the cause of the crash continued, investigators were expected to talk to Frawley & # 39; s friends and family in the coming days.
It was clear that at this stage of the investigation, the police had discovered nothing like a suicide letter or expression of his state of mind.
& # 39; If Danny Frawley was so intent on taking his own life, that in itself is just a tragedy, & # 39; said the source.
It was expected that the death of Frawley in the coming weeks would demand a lot of attention for the mental health problems of men, especially in the football world.
Jack Stevens and Collingwood & # 39; s Dayne Beams from St Kilda had taken long breaks this season due to mental health problems.
Frawley is depicted on his farm in an image he posted on Twitter before his tragic death
His premature death had led many to think about Danielle's gripping tribute to her father and the truth of her observation that depression does not discriminate.
Friends and colleagues struggled to understand how a life-size personality with three beautiful daughters and a dream job as a sought-after commentator was so overwhelmed by his inner demons.
"He came from a fantastic steady family – I can't even try to understand what Danny was having trouble with," said Andrew Plympton, the president of St Kilda when Frawley was captain.
But depression can affect anyone and Frawley's emotions were sometimes raw and visible.
In 2010 he delivered a speech about his close friend and colleague Ballarat boy Tony Lockett to involve him in St Kilda's & Gallery of Honor.
& # 39; He's modest, he doesn't like to talk about himself, he's the Don Bradman of our game, & # 39; said Frawley before his voice broke.
& # 39; I'm sorry I got emotional, but … I lost it, thanks & # 39 ;, he said as he ran off the stage instead of making the audience cry.
& # 39; I am so proud of this man & # 39 ;: the moving post of Danielle Frawley
& # 39; Today marks a proud day between a father and daughter & # 39 ;, the now 23-year-old wrote in the removal post.
& # 39; I am so proud of this man because he talked about his journey with depression hoping to help others.
& # 39; You have taken apart male stereotypes to show men and women that it is great to be vulnerable, it is great to seek help, and it is great not to feel good.
& # 39; You have demonstrated that depression does not discriminate. & # 39;
& # 39; Nobody should ever go over what you have, so please, if you find something wrong with your loved ones, talk it out and support them. So much love. & # 39;
Danny Frawley & # 39; s daughter Danielle said she was proud of her father for talking about his depression in this Instagram post in 2017
Frawley was alone in the car when he crashed at 1.30 p.m.
At the time, his daughters bought him a Country Road shirt for his birthday in South Yarra, the Herald Sun..
It was the day after his 56th birthday and almost three years ago that his father Brian, with whom he was very close, had died at the age of 82.
In recent weeks he had told his best friends that his marriage was over and he was having financial difficulties after a major investment went wrong, The age reported.
Danille (pictured with one of her sisters) said she was proud that her father broke through stereotypes by talking about his struggles
Danny Frawley leaves behind his wife Anita and three beautiful daughters Chelsea, Keeley and Danielle
The former St Kilda star and former Richmond coach – who turned 56 on Sunday – was killed when his vehicle hit a tree at Ballarat, Victoria on Monday
The death of the legend of St Kilda and the media personality sent shock waves through the AFL community on Monday.
Frawley was survived by wife Anita and their daughters Chelsea, 26, Danielle, 23 and Keeley, 18.
The emotional and financial pressure on himself and his family after being fired as Richmond coach in 2004 was widely published at the time.
He was forced to relocate the family from a five-bedroom home worth about $ 3.8 million – and relegated to a smaller one down the street.
& # 39; That was pretty tough. We had a nice house. We bought and built the piece of land, because Anita has a good eye for detail & he said Herald Sun. podcast last month.
& # 39; We sold our house and there was one for sale near the court. We bought that. It was hard for the girls who were then twelve, eight and three.
& # 39; They had to leave this (luxury) house and enter one that was probably half as good. We always had to drive past (the old). & # 39;
He also had to relocate the family from a generous five-bedroom two-storey house in Brighton (photo), estimated at about $ 3.8 million
The family then moved to another house 97 steps down at an estimated value of approximately $ 2.8 million
Danny Frawley pictured with his daughter Keeley (center) and wife Anita (right)
Frawley coached Richmond for five years until his ax in 2004, before becoming CEO of the AFL Coaches & # 39; Association.
His term there coincided with the unrest of the Essendon supplements – and it claimed his mental health.
& # 39; I was unable to do anything with it, & # 39; he said to the podcast.
& # 39; It finally got my head involved. It was something in my psyche, perhaps from the Richmond days, not playing in a final, all those things built up to a tipping point. & # 39;
That turning point came in 2014, when Frawley was in his car outside the MCG after calling a game for Triple M.
He couldn't remember how to get home.
Frawley called his wife who picked him up, and the couple agreed that he needed urgent help.
Danny Frawley was nicknamed Spud because he grew up on a potato farm
Frawley was killed when a car hit a tree near Gordon, 20 km east of Ballarat, Victoria, at 1.30 p.m.
& # 39; I was stubborn, I didn't sleep for three weeks and the result … I actually had a nervous breakdown, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; From that I got a major depression and looking back I probably had depression all the time. & # 39;
He later said he realized that mental illness should not be hidden and hoped that the stigma surrounding depression would be removed.
& # 39; In the past you had to suffer in silence. Going up now is raising your hand, & he said.
& # 39; I have no problem talking about mental health and what I went through because I hope I can help many people with that. & # 39;
One day Frawley found himself in his car outside the MCG uncertain about how to get home and confused about what was going on (pictured with his family)
Frawley, nicknamed Spud for his potato farm education, played 240 games for St Kilda from 1984-95.
He was the club's longest captain until Nick Riewoldt surpassed him in 2016 and was admitted to the club's Hall of Fame in 2007.
Frawley also worked as an AFL commentator for Triple M, Fox Sports, SEN and the Nine Network, as well as a part-time defensive coach with his beloved saints.
He has long been a fixture at the Fox Sunday Bounce show, where his craziness and & # 39; challenges & # 39; against the former Hawthorn great Jason Dunstall were very popular.
He set a tongue-in-cheek prize called The Golden Fist to award to players' defensive actions, and there was no petition to become an official league award that was awarded to the best defender of the League.
The current president of St. Kilda, Andrew Bassat, said the club struggled to face his death.
Danny Frawley of the Saints is chaired from the ground up after his last match in 1995
About his experience with depression, Frawley (middle) told others to seek help and advise them
& # 39; Danny will be remembered as one of the greatest players of St. Kilda ever and a close friend of so many in the football club, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; He was a character greater than life, a generous and warm personality, and a favorite son who left an indelible mark on St. Kilda. & # 39;
A statement from Crocmedia, which manages SEN sports radio where Frawley worked, was also associated for many years and paid tribute to their & # 39; great friend & # 39 ;.
& # 39; Danny was just loved. A true Australian character, a brilliant entertainer, an unselfish father, husband, and friend, & # 39; said Crocmedia boss Craig Hutchison.
In a statement, Foxtel CEO Patrick Delany and head of Fox Sports Peter Campbell said: “Words cannot convey our deep love and respect for Danny Frawley.
The president of St. Kilda, Andrew Bassat, said the club was still coming to terms with the (left) death of Frawley
& # 39; The Fox Sports family, and Fox Footy in particular, lost its own player today – a leader, a man with incredible passion, insight and love for his family and for his game, AFL. & # 39;
Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews described Frawley as a legend of the game.
& # 39; Danny Frawley described herself as a simple spud farmer who had found his way in the big smoke. Of course he was so much more than that, & he said.
& # 39; Captain. Trainer. Best and fairest. All-Australian. Legend of the game. Tonight we think of Danny & # 39; s family, friends and fans. & # 39;
On Monday night, a heartbroken Neroli Meadows struggled to control her emotion when she announced the tragic death of her Fox Sports colleague.
A heartbroken Neroli Meadows (photo) struggled to contain her emotion when she announced the tragic death of her colleague
Nine News host Tony Jones (photo) also broke down when he remembered working with Frawley and the life he lived
Meadows struggled to keep her calm when she announced the news.
& # 39; Danny Frawley was a legend from St Kilda who had a huge impact on every player who followed the club, & # 39; she said, her voice breaking.
& # 39; On a tough day it is just a very sad day for everyone in footy, but especially in the foot club of St Kilda. & # 39;
Meadows noted that Frawley left a significant impression on everyone who followed the game, especially when he opened his mental illness.
& # 39; Away from being incredibly entertaining and a brilliant player, he also left his mark on footy, opening up on the importance of mental health and starting some really important conversations, & # 39; she said.
Danny Frawley is survived by his wife Anita and three daughters Danielle, Keeley and Chelsea
Nine News host Tony Jones also broke out when he remembered working with Frawley and the life he lived.
& # 39; While we're standing here today thinking about Danny Frawley's life, he will be remembered as that knockout country boy, & # 39; he said.
Jones said that Frawley did so much before the game and his death was a & # 39; horrible horrible loss & # 39; because he had so much more to give.
& # 39; I personally want to express my condolences to Anita Frawley and his daughters and we can only wish the Frawley family to get through this somehow & # 39 ;, he said and fought his tears.
& # 39; The only thing that Danny would say at the moment is: & # 39; Righto Chomp (nickname of Jones), go ahead, because there are a number of footfinales to deal with & # 39;. & # 39;
AFL COMMUNITY RIGHTS TO SHAKE DANNY FRAWLEY'S DEATH
& # 39; He was my captain here for nine years with the Saints and when I started, he was the example of how you can give everything for the club, your teammates. He would sacrifice anything he could. In terms of what it meant to be a team player, there was no one better than Danny. & # 39; Former teammate Nathan Burke.
& # 39; It is a devastating day for the wider football community and the loss of Danny will be taken very hard by so many people. & # 39; – AFL CEO Gillion McLachlan
& # 39; He was a character greater than life, a generous and warm personality, and a favorite son who left an indelible mark on St. Kilda. & # 39; – St Kilda president Andrew Bassat
& # 39; How can we understand the shock of Danny Frawley? A respected competitor, a loyal and always supportive assistant, but more importantly, a damn good guy and friend. & # 39; – Collingwood player and coach Tony Shaw on Twitter
& # 39; R.I.P measure. You gave me my first chance to play AFL. You took a point on me while nobody else did. You were so supportive and always there for me and my family. I am forever grateful. & # 39; – Former player of Richmond and Collingwood, Andrew Krakouer on Twitter
& # 39; He will unfortunately be missed by so many. Every time I have seen him since his coaching days, I left with a smile on my face. & # 39; – Richmond champion Matthew Richardson told News Corp Australia
& # 39; It was absolutely as if you were losing one of yourself today. My entire football trip was almost the same as Danny's. & # 39; – Coach and player Paul Roos on Fox Footy
& # 39; Danny Frawley! another very sad death. Sad beyond sad. worse now for his family. My thoughts are with them and so sad that we couldn't save Spud. He will be missed! & # 39; – Former Victorian prime minister, Hawthorn president and founder of Beyond Blue Jeff Kennett on Twitter
& # 39; It's hard to express the loss, it's hard to express the shock we felt when we first discovered (about) losing Spud Frawley. Spud was one of us & # 39; – AFL commentator Gerard Healy on Fox Footy
& # 39; My first memory of Spud was with Roosy when they went through Victoria and did the super clinics … 20 years later I did the same to him. I looked at those children and saw myself … Spud still put a smile on the faces of these children. He was so contagious. & # 39; – Former Brisbane captain Jonathan Brown on Fox Footy
& # 39; Words cannot convey our deep love and respect for Danny Frawley. & # 39; – Foxtel CEO Patrick Delany and head of Fox Sports Peter Campbell
& # 39; Danny was just loved. A true Australian character, a brilliant entertainer, a selfless father, husband and friend & # 39; – Crocmedia boss Craig Hutchison
& # 39; Danny Frawley described herself as a simple spud farmer who had found his way in the big smoke. Of course he was so much more than that. & # 39; – Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews
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