Tragedy strikes Aussie Rules as star McCarthy is found dead outside Las Vegas hotel

By Sportsmail Reporter


Tragedy: McCarthy was pronounced dead on Sunday

Tragedy: McCarthy was pronounced dead on Sunday

Australian Football League side Port Adelaide have confirmed the death of midfielder John McCarthy in Las Vegas.

McCarthy, who played 21 matches for the Power in 2012 after leaving Collingwood 12 months ago in search of greater opportunities, was in the Nevada city on an end-of-season trip with his team-mates.

Port Adelaide chief executive Keith Thomas told a news conference that, although details remain sketchy, he understood McCarthy fell from a building in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The other players in the travelling party - Travis Boak, Matthew Broadbent, Alipate Carlile, Brett Ebert, Hamish Hartlett, Tom Logan, Andrew Moore, Paul Stewart, Jackson Trengove and Justin Westhoff - are to return home to Australia.

'John embraced Port Adelaide and we embraced him, and we are deeply shocked and saddened by his passing,' Thomas said.

'He was a very popular player among his team-mates and our supporters. John played 21 of 22 games this season for Port Adelaide and was a valued member of our team who quickly won the respect and friendship of us all.

'He will be greatly missed by everyone at Port Adelaide and we extend our sympathies to his parents Shane and Cath, his brother Matt, sisters Frances, Elizabeth and Jane, his girlfriend Dani and his extended family and network of friends.'

Prospect: McCarthy was only 22 years old

Prospect: McCarthy was only 22 years old

McCarthy, who played 18 games for the Magpies in four seasons after debuting in 2008, was just 22.

Collingwood players will wear black armbands in Saturday night's clash against West Coast as a sign of respect to McCarthy.

'This tragic news has come as a shock to everyone at the Collingwood Football Club,' Collingwood president Eddie McGuire said.

'John was an exceptional young man in the prime of his life with the whole world ahead of him.

'We are devastated to hear of his passing, and our hearts go out to his loving parents Shane and Catherine, his family and friends.

'We are proud that John wore the black and white jumper and his contribution to our club will never be forgotten.'

McCarthy's father, Shane, played three matches for Geelong in 1970 and '71 while his brother Matthew played 22 matches for the Cats between 2003 and '06.



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