Paul Woseen, founder of Newcastle’s Screaming Jets, has died.
Hugh Jackman and Deborah Lee Furness are separating.
AFL icon, Ron Barassi, has died, aged 87.
I was listening to ABC Radio’s call of NRL semi-final between NZ Warriors and Newcastle when commentator Andrew Moore said that Barassi had passed away, so I immediately went to Herald Sun website and saw a report by Jay Clark.
Just last Saturday, after Carlton beat Sydney the night before, Herald Sun chief AFL writer Mark Robinson called for the AFL to do a tribute to Barassi during the semi-final between Melbourne and Carlton last night. Hours later, Barassi was gone.
Barassi was a giant of Aussie Rules football and would be sadly missed.
UPDATE: Seven News reported Barassi suffered a fall two weeks ago and was recovering in hospital when he suffered complications.
Actually it did, there was a tribute for several minutes on the scoreboard, focussed on his time as a Melbourne player, Carlton captain-coach, North coach and Melbourne coach, strangely omitted his time at the Swans.
Someone sitting near me actually thought he may have already passed.
Was lucky enough to encounter him and say hello many times over the last decade or so as we sat near each other at Melbourne home games.
A huge loss. Ron was a legend and a giant of the game. Apart from guiding Melbourne, Carlton and North to flags, he saved the Sydney Swans from extinction in the 90s
He never coached Melbourne to a flag, but did captain twice. He returned as Melbourne coach in 1981 and laid the foundations of their success under John Northey in the late 80s and began what became known as the Irish experiment.
The Seven Network has issued a statement in tribute to Ron Barassi
Vale Ron Barassi
The Seven Network tonight paid tribute to Ron Barassi, 87, one of the 12 original Legends of the Australian Football Hall of Fame, following his passing.
Managing Director Seven Melbourne and Head of Network Sport, Lewis Martin, said: “The entire football community has lost a true legend of the game, and a great Australian whose contribution to the sport of Australian football in this country can never be adequately measured
“Ron’s career was peerless in so many ways. He was a revolutionary of the game both on the field and off, and we can also be thankful for his extraordinary contributions to football broadcasting on Channel 7 during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. Ron valued and understood the role of broadcasting in the growth of AFL and was one of the game’s greatest champions.
“We extend our deepest sympathies to the Barassi family and loved ones at this difficult time.”
The Victorian Government has offered a state funeral to the family of Ron Barassi.
There was a moment of silence before last night’s AFL semi-final at Adelaide Oval, with players from both Port Adelaide and GWS wearing black armbands.
Joy Chambers had a recurring role on Neighbours as Rosemary Daniels, the daughter of Helen Daniels and aunt of Paul Robinson.
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St Kilda legend Kevin “Cowboy” Neale died last night, a few hours after Ron Barassi.