- Former St Kilda footballer Danny Frawley (picture courtesy of AFL/St Kilda Football Club)

Tragedy: car crash claims life of AFL legend

THE Australian Football League (AFL) and its fans are tonight in mourning, following the tragic death of St Kilda legend and former Richmond Tigers coach Danny Frawley, who died in a single vehicle car crash in Millbrook in country Victoria earlier today.

It’s believed his vehicle left the road and struck a tree at the intersection of Old Melbourne and Sullivans Road just after 1.30pm, with the car so badly damaged that the father of three could not be saved.

Frawley played 240 senior games in red, white and black (St Kilda's colours). He held the title of longest-serving captain at St Kilda until recently, having led the Saints from 1987-1995 in 177 games.

He finished runner-up in the Trevor Barker Award in 1985 and third in 1987, before winning both the club best-and-fairest and All Australian honours in 1988.

Hailing from Bungaree in country Victoria, not far from where the accident happened, Frawley represented his state on 11 occasions and was immortalised in the St Kilda Hall of Fame when he was inducted in 2007.

Following his playing career, he spent five years as senior coach of Richmond, before re-joining the Saints in an assistant coaching capacity from 2014-2018. Of Frawley, St Kilda president Andrew Bassat said the Club would pay tribute to the man in the coming days.

"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 exact cause of the crash is yet to be determined at this stage. Danny Frawley is survived by his wife Anita and three adult daughters, Chelsea, Keeley and Danielle. Yesterday was his 56th birthday.

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