A heartbroken Neroli Meadows struggled to control her emotion when she announced the tragic death of her colleague, AFL legend Danny & # 39; Spud & # 39; Frawley.
The 56-year-old died on Monday when the ute he was driving hit a tree near Ballarat, Victoria, and sent shock waves through the football community.
Meadows struggled to keep her calm when she announced the news about Fox Footy Monday night.
& # 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;
He leaves behind his wife Anita and three daughters Chelsea, Keeley and Danielle
"On a tough day, it's just a very sad day for everyone in footy, but especially in the footy club of St Kilda," said Neroli Meadows
Frawley, who leaves behind his wife Anita and three daughters Chelsea, Keeley and Danielle, was the only person in the car.
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.
He leaves behind his wife Anita and three beautiful daughters Chelsea, Keeley and Danielle
Danny Frawley (right) introduced his wife Anita (center) and daughter Chelsea (left)
Nine News host Tony Jones also broke out when he thought about working with Frawley and the lively life he lived despite the fight against depression
Nine News host Tony Jones also broke out when he remembered working with Frawley and the lively 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, go ahead because there are a few finals to deal with & # 39; & # 39 ;. & # 39;
Frawley was killed when a car hit a tree near Gordon, 20 km east of Ballarat, Victoria, at 1.30 p.m.
Frawley, nicknamed Spud because he grew up on a potato farm, played 240 games for St Kilda before coaching Richmond to the preliminary final of 2001.
He was St Kilda's longest captain until Nick Riewoldt exceeded his record in 2014.
He later commented on the AFL for Triple M, Fox Sports, SEN and the Nine Network – and worked part-time as a defense coach with his beloved saints.
After his playing career, Frawley coached for five years until 2004, before becoming Chief Executive of the AFL Coaches & # 39; Association.
His term there coincided with the unrest of the Essendon supplement saga and it claimed his mental health.
& # 39; I was unable to do all of that & # 39 ;, he told a Herald Sun podcast in August.
The 56-year-old died when the ute he was driving hit a tree near Gordon, 20 km east of Ballarat, around 1:30 PM on Monday
Frawley's car was badly damaged and was in a dent as emergency services investigate
& # 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;
St Kilda President, Andrew Bassat remembered Frawley as one of the & # 39; greatest players & # 39; from the club.
& # 39; We are incredibly saddened by the death of Danny, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; Our thoughts are with Anita and daughters Chelsea, Keeley and Danielle, and we will do everything we can to support them in the coming days, weeks and months.
& # 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; Danny was an active member of our committee & # 39; Old players & # 39; and a much-loved champion for our thousands of supporters.
& # 39; We share our grief with them and we will try to give them the opportunity to share their own personal tribute in the coming days. & # 39;
Frawley coached Richmond from 2000 to 2004 and worked with Hawthorn and St Kilda before becoming a commentator
Frawley played 240 games for St Kilda and was the club's longest captain until Nick Riewoldt beat his record in 2014
Frawley was also an original member of the Bounce team, on Foxtel, a show that has been on show for 13 years.
Foxtel & # 39; s CEO and head of Fox Sports Peter Campbell remembered Frawley as & # 39; a leader & # 39; who always made fans laugh.
& # 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; he said.
& # 39; Our deepest love and wishes go to wife Anita and their three daughters Chelsea, Danielle and Keeley and to his many teammates, both in front and behind the camera.
& # 39; Danny has given us so many laughs and magical moments, from his playing days at St Kilda, coaching at Richmond and then his gifted touches at Fox Footy, to Saturday night on his favorite show, Bounce. & # 39;
Chief Inspector Jenny Wilson said that this horrific accident & # 39; tragic & # 39; is for the community
On the outside, Frawley was a pleasant commentator and media personality.
He once said that he realized that depression is a mental illness, not a weakness, and hoped that the stigma surrounding mental health problems would be removed.
His Fox Footy colleague and close friend Gerard Healy said that Frawley & # 39; was a decent man above all & # 39 ;.
& # 39; Spud did it all. After his football days, he became a great personality in the media, & Heya told 3AW.
& # 39; (He was) always happy to play the clown, but basically he was a serious football person.
& # 39; The most important thing is that Danny was a dedicated husband to Anita, a very, very proud father of Chelsea, Danielle and Keeley. Girls, we cannot possibly know your pain or destruction or the loss that you are feeling now.
& # 39; But know this: we loved and admired your father because, above all, he was a very decent man. & # 39;
The much-loved footy commentator (left) has previously started his depression after a nervous breakdown
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