Vale: Danny ‘Spud’ Frawley
Melbourne radio has paid tribute to one of ‘their own’ as they mourn the loss of former AFL legend and football commentator Danny ‘Spud’ Frawley.
56-year-old Frawley died yesterday afternoon in a car crash on a country road west of Melbourne near Ballarat.
The news of his death spread quickly, leaving family, friends and fans in deep shock.
Frawley played 240 games for St Kilda and 177 of those were as captain.
After footy he took up coaching as a Collingwood assistant and later as Richmond senior coach.
His life after footy saw him take on media roles on TV and as a radio commentator with Triple M football and more recently at 116 SEN.
Both stations paid tribute to their Frawley this morning.
Hot Breakfast host and Collingwood President Eddie McGuire admitting it was a tough day.
“A broken heart this morning. We are collectively devastated. It was a wonderful life that ended a day after his 56th birthday.
“Today is really tough and it’s only when you say the words into the microphone that it really hits you.”
While Pacific Star Network managing director Craig Hutchison described him as a “towering figure” in life and in the game.
Frawley had spoken openly about his battles with mental health including a breakdown just a few years ago.
He leaves behind wife Anita and their three daughters; Chelsey, Danielle and Keeley.