Posted: 11 September, 2012
by Mix Footy News
Port Adelaide AFL Player John McCarthy Killed In An Accident In Las Vegas
John McCarthy has died in Las Vegas, as confirmed by Port Adelaide.
Port Adelaide player John McCarthy has been killed in an accident in Las Vegas, Port Adelaide has confirmed
The Power released a statement earlier on Monday confirming a player had been killed, but it took several hours for all of his immediate family to be notified.
McCarthy's brother is working in Ireland and was difficult to reach and be told of the horrible news.
McCarthy's shattered team-mates arrived at Port's Alberton base in Adelaide on Monday afternoon, the club reeling from the unexpected loss of one of its players.
The CEO of the AFL Players' Association, Matthew Finnis, has been among thousands on the football world to pay tribute to the 22-year-old.
"Today is an incredibly sad day. The tragic passing of John McCarthy has come as a deep shock to players and the wider industry," said Finnis.
"On behalf of the players and all at the Association, I extend our deepest sympathies to John’s family, friends and teammates."
"John was a well-respected member of both the Collingwood and Port Adelaide clubs who quickly established himself as a hard working midfielder renowned for his fearless attack on the contest."
"Along with the AFL, we have been in contact with Port Adelaide and Collingwood to provide the appropriate support to those close to John. Our thoughts are with John's family, friends, team-mates and all at Port Adelaide Football Club during this incredibly sad time."
Port Adelaide CEO Keith Thomas:
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You can leave your own tribute here on the official Port Adelaide Football Club website.
Port Adelaide Statement:
It is with great sadness that the Port Adelaide Football Club today confirms the tragic death of player John McCarthy.
John, 22, was holidaying in the United States with 10 team mates. The club was informed by US authorities in Las Vegas this morning that John had died as a result of injuries sustained in a fall from a building. The circumstances of the tragedy are still being investigated.
Port Adelaide extends its deepest sympathies to John’s family, girlfriend and team mates, and is providing whatever support necessary to help them through this tragedy.
The other players in the travelling party are Travis Boak , Matthew Broadbent , Alipate Carlile, Brett Ebert, Hamish Hartlett, Tom Logan, Andrew Moore , Paul Stewart , Jackson Trengove and Justin Westhoff . These players are all safe and accounted for and arrangements are being made for them to return to Australia.
Port Adelaide general manager (football) Peter Rohde is travelling to Las Vegas to provide support for the players and to work with the US authorities and Australian consular officials.
John McCarthy played 21 games in his debut season with Port Adelaide this year after joining the club from Collingwood in the pre-season draft last year. He was drafted by Collingwood in 2007, having played 18 games for the Magpies from 2008-2011.
Port Adelaide chief executive officer Keith Thomas said the death was an enormous shock and a terrible tragedy for John’s family, partner and friends as well as for the club and the wider Port Adelaide community.
“John embraced Port Adelaide and we embraced him, and we are deeply shocked and saddened by his passing,” Thomas said.
“He was a very popular player among his team mates and our supporters. John played 21 of 22 games this season for Port Adelaide and was a valued member of our team who quickly won the respect and friendship of us all.
“He will be greatly missed by everyone at Port Adelaide and we extend our sympathies to his parents Shane and Cath, his brother Matt, sisters Frances, Elizabeth and Jane, his girlfriend Dani and his extended family and network of friends.”
The Port Adelaide Football Club is unable to comment further on the circumstances around John’s death while an investigation is underway.
We request that the media respect the privacy of John’s family, friends, team mates and club staff as they grieve during this difficult period.