Legendary Melbourne Footballer Jim Stynes Dead at 45
Jim Stynes who has battled an aggresive form of cancer for years, earlier this morning, tuesday, 2th March, 2012, passed away peacefully at his Melbourne home.
The legendary Melbourne Footballer and AFL legend was surrounded by friends and family and was said to have passed away peacefully.
Jimmy Stynes’ wife Sam confirmed the AFL legend passed away at 8.20am “in the comfort of his own home, surrounded by friends and family”. The Baillieu government has offered to hold a state funeral for the football legend, which the family has accepted. Read the full Age article here
The Irish Born AFL Legend Jim Stynes Loses Battle With Cancer
Jim Stynes was the Irish pioneer who migrated to Australia to play in the Australian Football League’s highest level. Not only did Jim Stynes play at the highest level but was crowned with the ultimate individual award, The Brownlow Medal after polling the most votes awarded by the umpires after every game..
Jim Stynes was diagnosed with cancer in 2009 and underwent many surgeries to remove tumors from his brain.
The ABC reports that, “In his final days, Jim was immersed with insurmountable love and tenderness surrounded by his family and some close friends in the comfort of his own home,” she said.
Jim Stynes who was known for his courageous style on the Football ground, in particular at the home of the AFL, The Melbourne Football Ground or The MCG, applied the same courageous battle to the disease that has ultimately taken his life at only age 45.
Yahoo Sport reports that Jim Stynes was not only a legend but also an inspiration to people in Football community as well as community as a whole. Jim Stynes death at age 45 is a stark reminder that cancer has no prejudices.
All media outlets around the country and over seas have the headlines Former Melbourne footballer Jim Stynes has died, aged 45.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the former Melbourne Football Club player and President Jim Stynes who has battled a very aggressive form of cancer since 2009, was only last week enjoying dinner at one of his favorite restaurants in Melbourne with his family.
The SMH articles goes on to explain that Jim Stynes has also been offered a State Funeral by Ted Baillieu which Stynes family has agreed to.
It is a very sad time with the passing of this champion Jim Stynes. His personal story has touched us all in many ways. The world is surely a lesser place for his passing, however the work with charities and off field work he devoted hs life to after the AFL will be remembered for a very long time.
Please post any found memories that you have about this great man Jim Stynes passing at age 45.
In particular what is the greatest memory you will have of Jim Stynes?