Brumby Shawn Mackay dies in hospital

By 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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70 Responses to Brumby Shawn Mackay dies in hospital
#1
misspris12:58 pm, 06 Apr 09

Condolences to all those who knew and loved him.

#2
Steve_Pedestrian1:09 pm, 06 Apr 09

Devastating news for all involved.
This weeks game against the Stormers should not be played as a mark of respect.

#3
papadoc1:09 pm, 06 Apr 09

+1

Absolute tragedy.

#4
johnboy1:14 pm, 06 Apr 09

The show must go on Steve.

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

#5
Primal1:17 pm, 06 Apr 09

Condolences to his family and his teammates. That’s just shocking beyond words.

#6
Kramer1:18 pm, 06 Apr 09

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.

#7
Clown Killer1:20 pm, 06 Apr 09

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.

#8
Granny1:22 pm, 06 Apr 09

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.

#9
Skidd Marx1:23 pm, 06 Apr 09

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.

#10
BerraBoy681:24 pm, 06 Apr 09

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.

#11
DavidMathews1:30 pm, 06 Apr 09

Ah that is terrible news. Thoughts and well wishes to his family, friends and the club

#12
Holden Caulfield1:50 pm, 06 Apr 09

I just heard this on NewsRadio too. Very sad news. :(

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

RIP

#13
jessieduck1:52 pm, 06 Apr 09

How awful for his family, friends and team mates. A promising life cut far too short.

#14
misspris2:25 pm, 06 Apr 09

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.

#15
Granny2:35 pm, 06 Apr 09

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.

#16
Genie2:51 pm, 06 Apr 09

I really hope the media don’t bombard the boys at the airport and they find out that way, its been a horror 3 weeks enough for the boys.

As a friend of Shawny’s partner, it was devastating enough to hear it over the radio – I hope the media can respect the tragedy of the news and leave them alone.

#17
Qbn Gal3:02 pm, 06 Apr 09

I’m not a big fan of footy but I’d like to express my condolences to his family, friends and fans. No parent should have to bury their child, no matter the age, and my heart goes out to his parents, grandparents and siblings.

#18
jessieduck3:19 pm, 06 Apr 09

misspris said :

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.

There are pretty good systems in place at big airports to have people taken to briefing rooms before they exit. I am sure the management is all over this and will deal with it in an appropriate way.

#19
ant4:25 pm, 06 Apr 09

How rotten, awful news. I found out because an email arrived from the Facebook group, that they’d re-named the group.

Very shocking, he seemed to be on the way up. What a terrible end to the long strain the man’s family has been under.

#20
Steve_Pedestrian4:30 pm, 06 Apr 09

Fox Sports News have just shown Andy Friend addressing the media upon arrival at Sydney airport, needless to say he was emotional. The ARU had requested the other 3 Australian Super 14 teams and the Australian Womens 7′s team, whom Shawn coached last year, to not text the players until they had been officially notified.

#21
vg4:30 pm, 06 Apr 09

RIP

#22
s-s-a4:55 pm, 06 Apr 09

Oh how awful!

Condolences to his family, friends and team mates. Cannot imagine getting off the plane to this news :( .

#23
ebony575:47 pm, 06 Apr 09

+1, Granny.

A well respected young man indeed – condolences to all in Shawn’s world at this very difficult time.

#24
123qwe6:26 pm, 06 Apr 09

I did not know Shawn, nor am I a massive union fan. But this is terrible and I feel dreadfully sorry for his family, friends, teammates and fans.

I doubt my words would be in any way comforting to Shawn’s loved ones, but I know there would not be one person on RA tonight that would not be deeply saddened for your loss. May he rest in peace.

#25
astroboy8:24 pm, 06 Apr 09

RIP Shawn – condolences to his family and the team

#26
F4308:48 pm, 06 Apr 09

tragic tragic loss, condolences to the family. terrible to think what they have been going through this past week.
R I P

#27
sb149:48 pm, 06 Apr 09

I dislike the Brumbies – with a passion. Some things however transcend petty grudges.

I echo Johnboy’s sentiments. Give the Stormers hell Brumbies, tear them a new one – for Shaun.

Rest in peace Shawn.

#28
vg9:51 pm, 06 Apr 09

If it transcends then why mention it? Its not about you

RIP to a good footballer who died in tragic circumstances. That’s all that needs to be said

#29
farnarkler9:57 pm, 06 Apr 09

What a shock his death was today. I thought he’d have the rest of the season off and come back bigger and better next year.

RIP and I hope the Brumbies, after a minutes silence, give it to the Stormers.

#30
Genie10:00 pm, 06 Apr 09

Ever so grateful for the Raiders to pay tribute to Shawn tonight at the game.

There was a round of applause from the crowd.

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