AFL legend Danny Frawley was battling crippling depression in the days before he took his own life, a coroner has found.
The St Kilda great turned media personality died when his car slammed into a tree near Ballarat, Victoria, one day after his 56th birthday on September 9, 2019.
His grieving widow Anita last year revealed the father-of-three suffered from Stage II chronic traumatic encephalopathy at the time of his death – a brain disease linked to head injuries.
A Coroners Court of Victoria report published on Tuesday said Frawley had first sought psychiatric treatment in 2014 for his declining mental state.
‘He had a significant constellation of depressive symptoms including significant insomnia, depressive ruminations, relative anhedonia, amotivation, difficulty functioning and episodic passive suicidality,’ the report said.
Danny Frawley (second from the left with his family), AFL great turned media personality, died after his car slammed into a tree near Ballarat, Victoria, just one day after his 56th birthday on September 9, 2019
‘He had also engaged in poor decision- making and conduct that caused conflict in his marriage.’
His wife said it had taken Frawley at least a year to recover from his mental issues and was ‘never the same’.
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