1. “He had a smile that would light up a room.” Danny Frawley’s family pay tribute to AFL legend.
The family of the late Danny Frawley has released a statement thanking the wider community for their support.
Frawley, killed on Monday in a car crash, is survived by his wife Anita and their three daughters, Chelsea, Danielle and Keeley, along with his mother and five siblings.
Family members said they were shocked and devastated by his death but reflected on his love for his family and his work to support those suffering mental health issues.
“The Frawley families are totally shocked and devastated by his passing, but Danny provided us with strength, good humour and unwavering support during his extraordinary life, memories which will be cherished and help us cope with his tragic death,” the statement read.
“Danny made friends from all walks of life. He had a smile that would light up a room, an infectious laugh and an easy charm that made people feel good about themselves. He genuinely liked and cared about people and they loved him back.
“Danny was to all who knew him a caring, loyal, selfless, loving person who would always put others first before himself and, aside from his work in football and media, he worked hard to use his profile to remove the stigma associated with depression and encouraged acceptance and support for those who suffered with mental health issues.”
The 56-year-old St Kilda Hall of Famer died at the scene of a single-vehicle car crash near Ballarat on Monday. He was the only occupant in the car that crashed into a tree about 1.30pm.
Social media was full of tributes from football fans, footy players and legends of the game and Monday night's Fox Footy was dedicated to remembering his legacy.
Frawley made his mark on the AFL in a number of roles, including as St Kilda captain, Richmond coach and, more recently, as a media personality.