The family of the late Danny Frawley has released a statement thanking the wider community for their support.
Frawley, killed on Monday in a car crash, is survived by his wife Anita and their three daughters, Chelsea, Danielle and Keeley, along with his mother and five siblings.
Family members said they were shocked and devastated by his death but reflected on his love for his family and his work to support those suffering mental health issues.
“The Frawley families are totally shocked and devastated by his passing, but Danny provided us with strength, good humour and unwavering support during his extraordinary life, memories which will be cherished and help us cope with his tragic death,” the statement read.
“Danny made friends from all walks of life. He had a smile that would light up a room, an infectious laugh and an easy charm that made people feel good about themselves. He genuinely liked and cared about people and they loved him back.
“Danny was to all who knew him a caring, loyal, selfless, loving person who would always put others first before himself and, aside from his work in football and media, he worked hard to use his profile to remove the stigma associated with depression and encouraged acceptance and support for those who suffered with mental health issues.”
Frawley made his mark on the AFL in a number of roles, including as St Kilda captain, Richmond coach and, more recently, as a media personality.
The family had been “overwhelmed” by community support.
“We would like to sincerely thank everyone for the outpouring of love and kindness at this time,” the statement said.
“We are overwhelmed by the messages of support following his death. We are humbled, proud and incredibly touched.”