Phil Walsh, the 55-year-old rookie coach of the Adelaide Crows AFL, died early on Friday morning, allegedly murdered by his 26-year-old son, Cy Walsh.
Walsh’s sudden death set off a wave of grief across Australia and Sunday’s game between the Crows and Geelong Cats was cancelled.
His wife, Meredith, was also injured in the domestic dispute and released from hospital over the weekend.
The Walsh family have just released this statement via the Crows:
We wish to thank everyone for their overwhelming kindness, sympathy and support during this most difficult time.
We take comfort in knowing that so many people are thinking of Phil, and us.
Phil loved and adored his family, just as much as we loved and adored him. He was a devoted father, husband, son and brother. He was a much loved uncle, brother-in-law and cousin, and a close friend, mentor and colleague to so many.
Our hearts are broken. How much we miss him is beyond measure.
Our lives will never be the same, now that Phil is gone. But we will forever love and cherish him.
Phil enriched our lives and the lives of so many, and for that we are eternally grateful.
We are searching for the strength and will to deal with the loss of Phil. In the arms of those we love we are coping as best we can.
We kindly request that our privacy be respected at this time so we can grieve as any family would wish to do in such circumstances.
Please continue to keep Phil and us in your thoughts and prayers.
The Walsh Family
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