Heartbreak as Australian footballer Heather Anderson, 28, dies ‘suddenly and unexpectedly’

Adelaide Crows shocked by unexpected death of former AFLW star Heather Anderson, 28

Adelaide Crows shocked by unexpected death of former AFLW star Heather Anderson, 28. Credit: Adelaide Crows AFLW/Twitter.

THE Adelaide Crows say that they are ‘deeply saddened’ by the unexpected death of former AFLW star Heather Anderson, aged 28.

The Australian club released a brief statement today, Monday, confirming the death of the 28-year-old, and spoke of their sadness at Ms Anderson’s passing.

The statement 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.”

AFLW boss Nicole Livingstone added in a separate statement: ‘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, a former army medic, was selected by the Crows as pick number 10 in the 2016 AFLW draft and became the first Northern Territory-based player drafted by the club.

Sadly an injury in her debut season affected her play, with the defender overcoming a serious shoulder injury, reports the Daily Mail.

Ms Anderson played eight games as the Crows won their maiden premiership by beating Brisbane 4.11 (35) to 4.5 (29) in the Grand Final, but she dislocated her shoulder and eventually had to undergo career-ending surgery.

She was a recognisable AFLW figure due to her trademark pink headgear, which she began wearing early in her career to help her mum, who is vision impaired, spot her on the field.

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Vickie S
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Vickie Scullard

A journalist of more than 12 years from Manchester, UK, Vickie now lives in Madrid and works as a news writer for the Euro Weekly News.


    • AnotherLover

      14 November 2022 • 10:48

      “Unexpectedly” describes an event that was unexpected.

      For over a year now, I’ve expected to see athletes fall over dead, and I’ve been watching them falling over dead. So, not unexpected. Totally expected.

    • Susan

      14 November 2022 • 15:11

      Nothing about young people dying suddenly is unexpected any more. It’s happening everywhere and anyone with open eyes knows why.

    • Sean

      15 November 2022 • 21:24

      To the two cooked people who commented implying this had something to do with being vaccinated, get your facts straight and have some damn respect. Heather died ‘suddenly and unexpectedly’ because she committed suicide.
      The club probably wanted to protect the family’s privacy, but of course the cooker crowd had to try and swing this into something it wasn’t…

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