Danny Frawley was suffering from chronic brain disease when he died

The Age

August 31 2020.

 

Football champion Danny Frawley was suffering from the neurodegenerative disease caused by repeated blows to the head when he died, according to an analysis of his brain handed to the coroner.

Frawley, the former St Kilda captain and Richmond coach, died in September last year when the car he was driving struck a tree near Ballan.

The Age has confirmed the Victorian Coroner has received a report that shows CTE - Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy - was discovered in Frawley's brain.

A report shows the late Danny Frawley was suffering from severe CTE.

A report shows the late Danny Frawley was suffering from severe  CTE. CREDIT:FOX FOOTY

CTE can only be diagnosed by brain examination after death.

Sources familiar with Frawley's case indicated that his CTE was severe, and that a lawyer acting for Anita Frawley, Danny's wife, had taken steps to conceal the contents of the brain analysis.

His is only the second case of CTE diagnosed posthumously in an Australian rules footballer; in February this year scientists from the Australian Sports Brain Bank revealed they had found the disease in the brain of the legendary Graham 'Polly' Farmer.

CTE, caused by repeated concussions, has been linked to Alzheimer's disease, depression, anger and aggression issues.

Anita Frawley told the Herald Sun she wanted to save other families from enduring similar problems arising from repeated head trauma.

"Our hearts would break seeing others go through the emotions we went through," she said.

"This is an issue for the community, it is not about a particular sport or sports, we need more research to diagnose and assist people living with the disease."

 


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