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Frawley death rocks football world

AFL legend Danny Frawley has died in a car crash in regional Victoria.

The 56-year-old died when the ute he was driving hit a tree near Gordon, 20km east of Ballarat, about 1.30pm on Monday.

No-one else was in the car at the time and investigators are working to determine the exact cause of the crash.

Frawley, nicknamed Spud because he grew up on a potato farm, played 240 games for St Kilda before coaching Richmond to the 2001 preliminary final.

He went on to commentate the AFL for Triple M, Fox Sports, SEN and the Nine Network as well as work part-time as a defensive coach with his beloved Saints.

A statement from Crocmedia, with which Frawley was associated for many years, paid tribute to their “great friend”.

“Danny was simply loved. A true Australian character, a brilliant entertainer, a selfless father, husband and friend,” spokesman Craig Hutchison said.

Frawley turned 56 on Sunday.

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