St Kilda great Danny Frawley was suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a neurological disorder, at the time of his sudden death.
- Danny Frawley’s wife says she wanted to speak about his CTE before the coroner’s report was released to help others
- CTE is a degenerative condition linked to concussions and brain trauma
- Anita says she ‘strongly suspected there was more going on with Danny than straightforward depression’
Frawley’s wife Anita said an analysis of the former Richmond coach’s brain showed signs of Stage II CTE.
The former Saints captain died in a car crash in September last year, the day after his 56th birthday.
Anita said the Victorian coroner was yet to release the official report, but wanted to speak out about it immediately to help others.
“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,” she told the Herald Sun.
“As his wife for over 30 years, I strongly suspected there was more going on with Danny than straightforward depression.
“I am very grateful for the work of the Australian Sports Brain Bank in shining a light on this disease.”
Frawley is the second prominent Australian football figure to be diagnosed with CTE, a degenerative condition linked to concussions and brain trauma.
In February it was revealed legendary Geelong ruckman Graham “Polly” Farmer was suffering from Stage III CTE when he died last year following tests on tissue from his brain at Sydney’s Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.
CTE can only be diagnosed after a person’s death.
Frawley, also a leading media figure after his coaching career finished, spoke publicly about his mental health battles in the years leading up to his death.