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Brumby Shawn Mackay dies in hospital

By arthouse - 8 April 2009 70

[First filed: April 06, 2009 @ 12:55]

iPrime reports breaking news that ACT Brumbies player Shawn Mackay has died in a South African hospital today. He was hit by an army van last week and was in an induced coma.

Details to come.

ED – RugbyHeaven’s report is also online:

    “After his surgery Shawn contracted an infection in his bloodstream,” said Brumbies chief executive Andrew Fagan.

    “He deteriorated rapidly and suffered a cardiac arrest from which he didn’t recover.”

Rest in peace.

UPDATE: Apparently the players are on the flight home and while the coach, Andy Friend, has been informed they’re going to delay breaking the news to the players until they’re back on the ground.

TRIBUTES:

— Zed Seselja is the first public figure to offer his condolences.

— The Brumbies official statement is also available.

— Chief Minister Stanhope has expressed his condolences.

ANOTHER UPDATE: The ABC reports that the players are being given the chance to choose for themselves if they want to play this Saturday.

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Brumby Shawn Mackay dies in hospital
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misspris 12:58 pm
06 Apr 09
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Condolences to all those who knew and loved him.

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Steve_Pedestrian 1:09 pm
06 Apr 09
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Devastating news for all involved.
This weeks game against the Stormers should not be played as a mark of respect.

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papadoc 1:09 pm
06 Apr 09
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+1

Absolute tragedy.

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johnboy 1:14 pm
06 Apr 09
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The show must go on Steve.

Black armbands, a minute’s silence, and a thumping victory is far more appropriate.

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Primal 1:17 pm
06 Apr 09
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Condolences to his family and his teammates. That’s just shocking beyond words.

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Kramer 1:18 pm
06 Apr 09
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Damn, damn sad day sad for the Brumbies and Canberra.

I’m with JB, wear a black armband, show respect, and then smash the Stormers all over the place in memory of Shawn.

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Clown Killer 1:20 pm
06 Apr 09
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For those who remain behind life goes on. A good show by the Brumbies at this weekend game would be a fitting way to mark Shawns death.

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Granny 1:22 pm
06 Apr 09
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I think it’s a small mercy that he got to spend some time with his mum and dad before he died. I think that will be precious to them in the time to come. I feel so bad for anyone that has to bury a child.

It is so cruel, especially when the news had been so encouraging.

My sympathies to all who knew and loved him. My thoughts are also with his team at this difficult time.

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Skidd Marx 1:23 pm
06 Apr 09
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That’s awful news, but cancelling the game is the silliest thing I’ve heard since Anthony Mundine last opened his pie-hole.

I played against Shawn in a few sevens tournaments and he was quite a handful. Anything less than an armoured-vehicle and he probably would have dusted himself off and gone back to the pub!

Condolences.

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BerraBoy68 1:24 pm
06 Apr 09
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johnboy said :

show must go on Steve.

Black armbands, a minute’s silence, and a thumping victory is far more appropriate.

Agreed but it’ll be very tough on the players.

Very sad. Condolences to his family and friends.

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DavidMathews 1:30 pm
06 Apr 09
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Ah that is terrible news. Thoughts and well wishes to his family, friends and the club

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Holden Caulfield 1:50 pm
06 Apr 09
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I just heard this on NewsRadio too. Very sad news. :(

Here’s to a big win for the Brumbies this weekend.

RIP

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jessieduck 1:52 pm
06 Apr 09
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How awful for his family, friends and team mates. A promising life cut far too short.

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misspris 2:25 pm
06 Apr 09
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UPDATE: Apparently the players are on the flight home and while the coach, Andy Friend, has been informed they’re going to delay breaking the news to the players until they’re back on the ground.

So that they can be met by on onslaugh of journos? Poor buggers, I think I’d prefer to know earlier rather than later if that was me.

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Granny 2:35 pm
06 Apr 09
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Me too. I’ll be annoyed if they’re besieged on arrival, when the media are clearly aware that they haven’t been told yet.

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