Tributes have been paid to Australian footballer Heather Anderson who died ‘suddenly and unexpectedly’ on Monday, November 14 aged 28.
Former Adelaide Crows footballer Heather Anderson said: “The Adelaide Football Club is deeply saddened by the unexpected passing of Premiership player Heather Anderson.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.”
In a separate statement, AFLW boss Nicole Livingstone added: “Words cannot express the deep sadness amongst the AFL and AFLW community at this time. Our sincerest condolences are to the Anderson family.
“On behalf of the AFL, I would like to express my deepest compassion to Heather’s family, friends, and colleagues.”
Ms Anderson, known for wearing pink headgear so her vision-impaired mother could spot her on the pitch, played eight games as the Crows won their maiden premiership by beating Brisbane 4.11 (35) to 4.5 (29) in the Grand Final.
However, she dislocated her shoulder and eventually had to undergo career-ending surgery.
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Sending love and deep condolences to Heather’s family, friends and loved ones, and to the AFLW community. https://t.co/m9y15N44vS
— Nicole Hayes: author / podcaster / human 🏉📚✍️🌈 (@nichmelbourne) November 14, 2022
Such devastating news.
She worked so hard to get her chance in that first season, through all the injuries, and she got her reward.
I hope she is at peace now, thoughts are with her family, friends and all her past team mates.
— Dylan C (@RealDyl32) November 14, 2022
A genuinely awful thing to read. Thinking of her family during what must be an incomprehensibly devestating and tragic time.
— Eggward G. Foopy III (@EggwardFooty) November 14, 2022
This is so devastating. She was so young. RIP. Condolences to her family.
I hope that the players are getting the support they need. This is the 2nd AFLW player passing unexpectedly in the last year. So gut wrenching. https://t.co/4WUQlYjSXx
— Rahul (@RahsAlGhul18) November 14, 2022
I was lucky enough to plonk around the park for a season with Heads as she tore up the Canberra competition. An absolute machine, but always friendly, humble and willing to help others improve. Such a huge loss. https://t.co/rwX2Rdlp2k
— Fleta Page (@FletaTheTweeter) November 14, 2022
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