An analysis of the late Danny Frawley’s brain revealed that the popular St. Kilda champion was suffering from Stage Two Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) at the time of his death in 2019.
The neurological disorder can only be identified through a brain analysis after death and associated with repeated headbuttings.
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Frawley (an icon of the game, famous defender of the Saints, state official, Richmond coach, and television personality) died at the age of 56 when his car hit a tree near Ballarat in September almost 12 months ago bumped.
After the diagnosis of CTE, Frawley’s wife Anita told News Corp that she had “strong suspicions that there was more to Danny than simple depression.”
“I am very grateful for the work of the Australian Sports Brain Bank in shedding light on this disease. We want to prevent other families from going through what we have done.
“We are waiting for the coroner’s report to be published before any further comments. However, I want people to be informed of the problem now and not wait as I believe it can help families understand the problems. “
The condition can affect personality and memory functions, with awareness of the effects of CTE growing over the past decade.
The revered Ruckman Graham ‘Polly’ Farmer was posthumously diagnosed with Stage Three CTE in 2019 after battling Alzheimer’s for the last few years of his life.