Frawley’s death in car crash shocks AFL world

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St KiIda is broken-hearted and the rest of the AFL community is devastated by the death of Saints great Danny Frawley.

The 56-year-old died on Monday when the ute he was driving hit a tree near Ballarat on Monday afternoon.

No-one else was in the car at the time and investigators are working to determine the exact cause of the crash. 

Danny Frawley’s beloved St Kilda have led tributes to the former AFL player, coach and commentator.

Frawley first made his name at the Saints, playing 240 games from 1984-85 and proving one of the best key defenders of his generation.

He captained the Saints for 177 games, a club record since overtaken by Nick Riewoldt.

Most recently, Frawley was a part-time defensive coach at the club.

“We are incredibly saddened by Danny’s death,” said Saints President Andrew Bassat, adding thoughts were with Frawley’s wife Anita and their three daughters.

“Danny will be remembered as one of St Kilda’s greatest ever players and a dear friend to so many at the football club.

“He was a larger-than-life character, a generous and warm personality, and a favourite son who has left an indelible mark on St Kilda.”

The man known as Spud:

* Born 8/9/1963, died 9/9/2019

* 240 games for St Kilda 1984-95

* Captained St Kilda for 177 games, then a club record (since overtaken by Nick Riewoldt)

* St Kilda best and fairest and All-Australian, 1988

* 11-time Victorian representative

* St Kilda Hall Of Fame member

* Coached Richmond 2000-04, including 2001 preliminary final

* Former chief executive AFL Coaches’ Association

* Long-time TV and radio AFL commentator

* Co-host of FoxFooty program ‘Bounce’

* Part-time defensive coach at St Kilda.

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