AFL legend and broadcaster, Danny Frawley has been killed in a single vehicle accident near Ballarat.
He died at the scene after his car hit a tree at Millbrook, 20 kilometres from Ballarat, at approximately 1.30 this afternoon.
1116 SEN released the following statement.
TRAGIC LOSS OF DANNY FRAWLEY
We are shocked and saddened to learn of the tragic passing of our great friend
Danny ‘Spud’ Frawley.
The much-loved footy legend has been a cherished part of the Crocmedia and 1116 SEN families for many years and this news has rocked us all.
Spud was one of our original Off The Bench TV hosts, a key member of our AFL Nation broadcast team and a regular guest across our station.
His daughter Chelsea Frawley also works with us and our heart-felt sympathy goes out to her, Anita, Danielle and Keeley.
The St Kilda legend and former Richmond coach was a larger-than-life identity in both football, the media and the community more broadly – especially his beloved regional town of Ballarat.
In recent years, Spud revealed his personal battle with mental health issues which inspired many as he bravely shared his fight across many media channels.
Pacific Star Network managing director Craig Hutchison said the community at large was devastated by the news.
“Danny was simply loved. A true Australian character; a brilliant entertainer; a selfless father, husband and friend.
“He epitomised the spirit of the St Kilda football club and his football legacy as a player, coach, administrator and media performer is enormous. “But his sense of community and the way he inspired others will be forever remembered.
“Like the entire football world, and the broader Victorian community, we are stunned and shattered at this extraordinary loss.
“He was simply everyone’s mate”
Danny turned 56 yesterday.